Where exactly are the SG capacity constraints in Melbourne? Are they in the Albion-Jacana section, the single track around Sunshine, or closer to the city (or all of the above)?There are two issues.
By the time Shepp goes SG, we'll probably have SG Vlocities, and if the issue is no more available paths, then there's the option of splitting services at Seymour.
The first is the single track between Seymour and Tottenham. There are passing lanes at Tallarook, Kilmore East, Donnybrook and Tullamarine, and additional loops at Wallan and Somerton. However, in my understanding, this corridor is operating near capacity and adding five to nine Shepp services each way per day (plus freight) would certainly not be feasible without a major capacity increase. 40 minute frequency Seymour locals are out of the question entirely. Realistically this SG section will need to be fully duplicated in the post-Inland Rail future but it'll cost a bomb to work out what to do with the BG.
The second is getting access through South Dynon into Southern Cross. The Dynon precinct was not intended to serve regular passenger trains and it is messy enough getting the Overland, XPT and V/Line Albury services through the area. There's no alternative route either unless we somehow link up to Mr Golding's tunnel. In my view Dynon is the biggest headache as the Port ain't going anywhere and North Dynon will consquently be around in some form for a long time, even if some of its facilities are relocated to the Western Interstate Freight Terminal or the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal.
edit: whoops, wrong Dynon