That’s a plainly absurd situation, and unless the SA government is willing to stump up funds for V/Line to operate a service into Adelaide (à la the PTC buying an XPT set for the SRA), the only sensible option for continued service in the short-medium term of any sort is a daily Horsham/Dimboola service connecting at Ararat, with the set rotating through with the NE sets for maintenance.6 / V/Line should run a daily VLocity type service , to a faster schedule , and with the costs shared between Victoria and SA.put the 2 together and we have the Libs promised return of trains to Horsham (high speed ha ha). Not such as bad thing.
Dimboola-Ararat (SG) = 1hr 45 (GSR times)
Ararat- SCS (BG) = 2hr 15
not too shabby - another 2 hrs if you want to stretch to Bordertown
V/Lo on the SG should shave off a fair chunk of that (raise from 115kph to 160kph), unless the usual excuse of unprotected crossings pops up yet again.
When are those V/Lo SG going to be ready?
Ballarat line upgrades shave even more time (we hope).
With reasonable times like these, maybe shame the SA govt/GSR into handing over to V/line.
Just like the good old days. Train change for gauge. Tea rooms and porters at Ararat could be a good business again.
Conveniently forgetting it's predominantly a single track freight railway and the faster you go the more capacity you take up. Yeah, let's bring the corridor to a halt for a few OAPs and concession card holders.