Allow me to rephrase what i meant to say, The North East Broad Gauge Should have been upgraded to near RFR tier, Instead of being converted to SG. I am not Calling the RFR Political stupidity, I am calling the apparent 'No SG' Bogies for Velocities Political stupidity. I did not know you that you spend that long creating these lovely posts that are always appreciated. (this took me around 2 minutes)
I would like to make a Smart smeg Simstrainese Comment stating that its the fault of converting these lines 10 years ago to standard gauge, Rather that political stupidity.I must admit I cannot make any sense about this comment................. I always wait a bit of time and then re read my posts to see if they say what I want them to say. For this post I will make some assumptions, always a dangerous practice when searching for the truth.
The RFR project WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE if it had been done to Standard Gauge, getting the lines in to Southern Cross and the major rearrangement that would have been required at that station would have soaked up WAY more funds than the government had availible.
I think there is no way that the RFR project can be called political stupity, while it could have been done better, it on the whole has been a great success.
Note: Its taken me 30 minutes so far actually to write this post.............final writing time will be around 45 minutes. There always corrections to made after it has been posted to the forums.
Its very difficult to write a clear and accurate post on a technical subject, it would take me something like 2 to 3 hours to write 300 word post. I have discussed this with two people that write technical articles in magazines and they said that was quite typical.
The likely reason that the NE line was not included in the RFR project is the cost of straightening out the line between Wallan and Seymour would have cost more funds than was availible for all work on the other 4 lines. Even then the grades would have seriously restricted top speeds, as well as that the line regularly saw speeds of 130kph with a fairly close station spacing. so there would have been little improvement in times.
On the VLocity's, building anything even remotely complex and then getting it to work correctly is a VERY VERY VERY
difficult task. It appears to be clear that the VLocity's are based on a European Bombardier design, but modified for use in Victoria. Modifyiing such a machine is again a real tough task, as a lot of components/system interact with one another often in complex ways. A VLocity's axle is likely to have 2 heavy duty bearings, 2 wheels, 2 brake disks and a "dropped"bevel gear gear box capable of taking 800bhp. All this has to be packed into a small space and work with the rest of the systems on the vehicle. Changing anything is likely to have a "snow ball" effect on the vehicle.