Oh do keep up !Why should those of us who use trains?So what trains are you referring to, certainly not a V'lo, not the ones I have used, that's for sure.
Mike travels from Ballan and return every day and has done since Adam was a lad, BG to Castlemaine and more than likely numerous others, don't think either of the two are suffering any major discomfort.
Ballan to Melbourne and vv is hardly a long jourmey (although at times with delays it might feel like it). 59 minutes on some services as timetabled.
Albury is according to https://www.vline.com.au/getattachment/90b9a59e-f637-4c36-973c-02e404ba4266/Albury-Wodonga-Melbourne-(via-Wangaratta,-Bena-(1) 4 hours now 4 times as long. I think people on longer journey's need a better seating plan, better on board services and more comfort.
The slated Vline timetable changes have an additional service to Warnnambool which I have heard will be a VLO.
Warnnambool gets another service, which will be all VLO, when the last of the LX are fully protected.
Then the trains can truly stretch their legs and shave 30 minutes off the TT, and not suffer the inevitable N class breakdowns.
The project is about 12 months to go.
The "slated vline change" is just making the Saturday an express. "additional" is a Geelong service following to pick up the SAS.
Albury is in similar situation. Waiting for ARTC to fix the goat track.
Then VLO can get up to speed, saving at least 30 minutes, and coincidentally so also can the XPT
VLO seats are already similar to the N first class in dimension, and believe it not better ergonomically designed.
The SG version of VLO will also include a buffet car, as has been mentioned repeatedly in this thread, yet many seem to just ignore.
Until pax numbers can pay for better, what luxury do you think the low priced service deserves?