Firstly a reply to some posts to some posts in the N class acceleration thread about the news in the current budget.
Producing another car set by taking one car from the current three 5 car sets will achieve little. This will one assumes produce 4 4 cars sets. If this is used for the planned 4th service, we will have 3 4 cars sets running instead of 2 5 cars sets . This would be make the morning Melbourne bound and afternoon trains having 8 cars availible instead of 5, a significant improvement. The REAL SERIOUS problem is service reliabilty will be exactly the same as now, possibly even worse as there will STILL be no spare loco and car set, an in fact ANOTHER set to break down.
The VLine SG NEEDS 2 spare sets as well as the ones on line, to enable a service to proceed when we have a fault with one of the loco's/ cars sets in for service.