The three hour train trip Bendigo to Melbourne

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 14 Jan 2017 18:08
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
"V Line needs to lift its game and begin to think outside the box"?
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

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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.
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

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.
bevans
Very strange decision by V Line. Use the V Locity for the passengers and use Bendigo to fix the loco.
If I ever find myself in that situation, I will not wait for V Line to act. I will change trains myself at Bendigo and take the next V Locity.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Coaches are not always readily available, we do not sit around waiting for a bloody precious phone call from Vline, I recall one of the last times we were called up, four Coaches sat at the station and were not used. Management was not happy.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
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'.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
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'.
YM-Mundrabilla
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 ?
  Highrailer Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere out on the track......anywhere around the country
If it was an Albury train it would have been canned from the start !
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Shouldn't this incident have gone here Question

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11349227.htm

It was nothing out of the ordinary...people didn't lose their lives etc.
  Bethungra Train Controller

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?
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
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?
Bethungra
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.

While transferring passengers onto the 6VL might seem reasonable, it just means that the next train wont be able to run as a train, and things at Southern Cross would be all confused, and things there are bad enough. The 6VL could have been split into two 3VLS, but then you run into the same sorts of problems.

In any case, terminating at Bendigo would have been the better option than Castlemaine.

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