Hmmmm.this is likely correct. My point is though lack of rolling stock is a situation outside of VLines control and if one MUST run a service thats 100% reliable such as this service, one MUST have the capacity to catter for relatively remote events. This is particularly true when using rolling stock as old as these are.
VLine has only one spare set, so any work needs to be done such as scheduled periodic manintence, automaticly means a cancelled service if any problems arise.
I thought the 4th SG set was supposed to solve this issue? Doesn't daily running only require 2 sets, 1 in scheduled maintenance and one spare?
For an isolated service like the Albury SG VLine service VLine should be looking at at LEAST 5 complete sets and appears to be the government of the day that has not provided the funds.
woodoford is somewhat sceptical of VLines management ability to run something like the Albury service, but one NEEDS to take care that blame is allocated to the correct places.
Are we really saying (ie do we really believe) that to run a Melbourne - Albury service that requires two consists that Vline needs 5 sets
to run the service reliably.
Go back to 1937 and the Spirit of Progress (SoP) which ran one return service/day using, basically, one consist and the equivalent of two relatively high maintenance locomotives. The other two S class ran a similar service on the Albury Express. The SoP ran reliably for years under such an arrangement as did the Southern Aurora, the BG Daylight, the Overland and the Trans-Australian etc etc. These consists ran backwards and forwards day in day out although some
had longer ( ~ all day in some cases) dwell times for maintenance.
It is simply absurd to maintain that we require five sets to run a service that needs two.
Granted, the locos and rolling stock are not new but to have got to the situation that Vline is apparently in there has to be:
A lack of competent, proper and thorough maintenance.
An inappropriate availability of fitters etc.
A lack of proper fleet management such as the apparent inability to swap cars out when necessary preferring to take 4 or 5 cars (the entire train) out when one carriage needs a light globe, a hosebag or a tap washer.
OK, so there is/maybe/perhaps a shortage of maintenance funds but this is only exacerbated by having five consists to maintain instead of two plus a couple of spare cars. Have a third consist if you must but there will always be cases when the spare set is at the wrong end of the section.
Passenger cars are not rocket science. With proper rostering swap in the third set to do a thorough service to wheels, bearings, brakes, lights and airconditioning all in one hit if you like but to require five sets to do the work of 2½ or three is simply unrealistic.
The Europeans would die laughing.