Location: at sunbury on a V/line service into melbourne, waiting for thousands of impatient people to get on
My question is which line would the XTrap 2.0 run on? IMO it should run Clifton Hill Group considering all the lines getting extra capacity from MM1. Mernda and Hurstbridge trains were some of the more crowded pre-pandemic.I think it should go to the Cross-City group and the Northern Group (excluding the Sunbury line) to replace the entire Comeng fleet and to add capacity.
IMO doesn't count for much.Wouldn’t 36 6Car Siemens be very overkill for Sandringham? I’ll expect Craigieburn/Upfield to run an significant amount of the spare Siemens given Cross-City can run existing X’Trapolis + likely some X’Trapolis 2.0. Craigieburn and Upfield seem like they could be the last lines the Comengs would operate on with Siemens.
MM1 Business case includes a fleet cascade plan, with "next gen suburban trains" going to Cross City Group and Craigieburn/Upfield. Semiens get moved to Sandringham, allowing for the retirement of the remaining Comengs. With some older units marked for retirement next year once the HCMTs are operating.
However, with nothing in the budget for new trains it will be a couple of years before we see any of this come into effect.
IMO Mernda/Hurstbridge would be better off served by the HCMT moving forward, given the level of growth that this line is expecting between now and when MM2 is eventually built and the capacity issues between Clifton Hill and the city.Melton/Wyndham Vale would need to go HCMT since they will most likely be routed through MM1 which will have platform screen doors thus only train types with the same door position as those of the HCMT will be able to serve these lines.
This would allow the X’Trapolis 100s on that group to be cascaded to the Cross City (alongside the Siemens fleet) and Burnley Groups, and X’Trapolis 2.0 to serve Sandringham, Craigieburn, Upfield and eventually Wyndham Vale and Melton.