Let's not be too ambitious - let's just keep it to "V Line needs to think."
The three hour train trip Bendigo to Melbourne
It does seem quite an ordinary attempt to manage an issue which appears from the reports across this site as the "norm" for vline which is not great at all. Bendigo would seem the most logical choice for the termination of the service since there is space there and maintenance could be completed and passengers could interchange.Very strange decision by V Line. Use the V Locity for the passengers and use Bendigo to fix the loco.
If the original report is correct and assuming that I have read it correctly the fault was evident on the down journey the night before. If so, what, if anything was done overnight to rectify the fault, provide a replacement loco or at least do something to alleviate the passenger inconvenience/obviate. Or was it just hoped that 'it would just fix itself'.You would think V/Line would normally cancel the morning up Swan Hill service and bring that malfunctioning set back to Melbourne with the mid day up service ?
Why not lay some spare carriages over in Bendigo plus would there have been additional sets idle at Bendigo where a special could have replaced the Swan Hill service?V/Line don't really have any carriages spare to leave lying around at Bendigo in the first place though. I don't think people understand how strapped V/Line are for carriages, especially in the peak. With Swan Hill being so far out, you'd need to know well in advance to send a rescue or second engine, and again V/Line doesn't really have them to spare, especially with another N on the SG.