I know the A Sets (Waratahs) are supposed to be replacing the S Sets, with the exception of some which will go to the South West Rail Link.
But since the H Sets (OSCARs) have taken over some of the V Sets routes, is the plan to gradually phase them out and have only the OSCARs as intercity/interurban?
Also, I think I read another Tangara refurbishment was put on hold. I also read they have trouble with cooling for their brakes. If the refurb goes ahead, and the problems are fixed, would they be set to replace the other older rolling stock, like the K Sets and possibly the C Sets?
When the SWR gets the S Sets, are they going to be keeping them to make do until something better is given to them, or will these be all they will receive?
My father said around Leppington or nearby was where a proposed airport may go in.
If this is the case, I seriously doubt visitors to Australia would welcome the jerky, stuffy, and noisy atmosphere of the S Sets.
In my mind, if they are to be holding onto the S Sets for a considerable length of time because the government won't pay for new rolling stock, then they should refurbish them so the insides look like the refurbed Tangaras, which in turn look like the Millennium and Waratahs inside after the refurb. Then, they should add sound-proofing, air-conditioning, chopper control, and put them forward as SWR Sets. They could even strip off the metal and make the S Sets more streamlined and modern-looking, instead of the eyesore that the S, K, and C Sets are becoming.
And it would probably be much cheaper to upgrade and refurb old rolling stock for the government than to purchase brand new trains.