I'm no expert of BG and SG so I'm going to need some help. Got a lot of questions and appreciate any sort of answer. Melbourne gauge system is too confusingWith sg V/Locities - Albury would take 5 x 4 car sets to run 5 return trips Weekdays 3 to traffic/2 PPM back up.
Bombardier are designing a long haul version of the Vlocity that will have buffet, catering, first class, etc. This will run on the Albury SG Line
So when it comes to doing the other long distance lines: Bairnsdale, Swan Hill, Echuca and Warnambool how would this work. Would those Trains be BG or would they be SG, obviously I'm not sure there's SG to Bairnsdale and Bendigo ? Would you have to convert or would you run two different long haul fleets ?
Another point, with future extensions to Horsham/Dimboola isn't the track there SG, how would this run into Melbourne, shuttle services to Ararat will not please many passengers. Then there is an extension to Hamilton that is also planned.
Then there's a new fleet needed for a more reliable Overland service I guess.
Wimmera - viz: Hamilton / Horsham would be 3 car sg sets running as D/C between Ballarat & Horsham, all pax change at Ballarat (same platform change of trains) to/from bg from/to Melbourne . Do Google search for Wimmera Transport study for full details .
First routes to get the Inter City V/Locities will be Albury (sg) and Warrnambool (bg) followed by Swan Hill & Bairnsdale .
4 car sets include an extra TM car greater provision luggage, cycles plus buffet . Likely capacity 250 - 260 pax over the 4 cars . Wmb takes 3 sets for 5 trips a day, Swh 2 sets for 3 trips a day, Bdle 3 sets for 5 trips a day, and Albury 3 sets for sg for 5 trips a day . Add 2 x4 sg and 2 x 4 bg sets PPM/backuo can run the lot . Shepp goes V/Locity but VL commuter type sets 8 - 9 trips a day to accelerated schedules. Medium term Ararat, Horsham, Hamilton Maryborough sg 3 car sets based at VBallarat .