To a fairly casual observer, it does seem strange. Everything above the bogies [and probably most of them as well] is more or less the same as the rest of the Vline fleet. What can't they get their heads around?
It appears the limited flexibility of the rolling stock combined with a limited number of N Class loco's on the SG has in part contributed to the perception, real or otherwise about the unreliability of the NE service. It has been quite ordinary over the past few years...is it still equally as bad
The addition of an extra service, possibly from January 2017 timetable change, combined with another loco being converted to operate on the SG and the announcement in this years budget of a refurb of the cars and seating shows that V/Line and the government want to see the service maintained and improved.
In about 18 months time we will also be hearing and reading a lot more about the replacement of the N cars with the next generation of carriages and locomotion which was advised in this years state budget. This may well take the form of a long distance version of VLocity DMU's, but this is unknown at this early stage. I just know it is going to occur, so I predict exciting times for the NE and the rolling stock improvements over the next few years.
We are fortunate at this time to have a PT friendly state government that's also aware there's a lot more work to do and is prepared to invest accordingly bearing in mind that Dan hasn't even been in office for 2 years yet
I'm off to Sydney on the XPT in a few weeks so it will be interesting to see how the track rides...albeit on top of air-bag bogies of the XPT.