I believe the PH Vans were converted from existing rolling stock. Would there be another Van that could be converted into a PH Van, and would this be appropriate?I would think that the As in storage could come out of storage and take over one or two N Class duties somewhere, freeing up that N class for conversion to operate the (speculated) 4th Albury service (assuming a move to 4x4 carriages instead of the 3x5 sets we have now) and possibly have a back up loco for Albury. Lets not SG the As if we don't have to.Are there any power vans left to pair with these A class?
Probably not, Vline appears to have 3 PCJ (491-493) power vans, they are listed as power vans only, but have a storage area usually used for bikes. These are the ones on SG., there construction is similiar to the N cars
There is also 4 PH (451-454) power vans, these look like standard bogie louver vans with a genset in them.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, No wonder VLine is dragging its feet with a 4th set, no more power vans. This raises a question was it a real good idea to remove the old power systems from the N cars on SG and make them completely dependent on a power van. It may have been extra maintence for the cars genset but it did make the cars NOT as a standard.N car with different axles.
Power van info courtesy if Vic sig.
Nothing wrong with that, I would not think they would have to much of a problem digging up another van, it would though be an odd man out, but it would be by far the cheapest option. For the additional set they will need not only the power van but a BRN and an ACN, one assumes the three cars they will get from the existing sets will be BN's?
Note: Do not forget they REALLY need another two sets and two loco's so there will always be an operational spare.