Whilst I understand you are saying that there will be a shortfall with the replacement CAF trains, I am still sticking to what has been officially told to staff that the CAF trains will replace all existing traction units. I would take with a grain of salt what is said at a public meeting. No one is misleading the government/minister as they full well know what the true state of affairs are.Not True!Endeavours and Xplorers could still be used for certain services but the XPT's are definitely life expired and will be retired.They are all being replaced by the new CAF trains. I do not know where the thought that some Endevours/XPL will be kept are coming from. The CAF contract is a build/operate and maintain contract so there is no room for older models in the deal.
At a forum in Goulburn on 29th July it was finally acknowledged by senior TfNSW and Trainlink bureaucrats that only 10 Endeavour replacement sets are provided for. Set makeups of the XPT/Xplorer/Endeavour replacements indicated a four set shortfall. This has now been confirmed. This is despite an earlier media release advising all XPT/Xplorer/Endeavour sets are to be replaced.
Can't trust anyone on the RRP team. Maybe they are misleading the government/minister too.
I really don't know how you can say "Not True" on the information you have. Of course there will be a transition period when the new and the old will run together and if more CAF trains are required then perhaps more will be ordered. They did order more NIF sets.
The meeting at Goulburn was not a public meeting. It was a workshop (invitation only) organised by TfNSW/TrainLink for regional rail action groups (RRA) in southern and western NSW to inform and discuss the status and some details of the RRP.
Additionally it was a precursor to further meetings and discussions to assist and foster user input to the design/services/introduction of the new fleet and needs of regional rail users.
I attended this meeting and was extremely perturbed by the apparent naivety and lack of rail knowledge of many of the senior representatives present. A senior manager of the RRP project present at the meeting was peddling misinformation in relation to the RRP, probably because he/she/it does not understand rail technology or does not want to learn more about alternate options for this project.
The information provided by TfNSW/TrainLink was at odds with some of the media releases on the RRP but consistent with advice on the RRP website, as per the quote below.
14 Feb 2019 – “Mr Constance said the new regional fleet will comprise 117 new carriages to form 10 regional intercity trains, 9 short regional trains and 10 long regional trains.”
Note the reference to 10 regional intercity trains. The current Endeavour fleet consists of 14 x 2 car sets (not 10). The 15th 2 car set was converted to an Xplorer. That is why the question was asked by one of the RRA representatives. The information was not offered by TfNSW/TrainLink until the question was asked. The response was as I have indicated.
If you do not believe this information you are welcome to make your own enquiries through your management. You may be very surprised at the answer, as it should support the advice received at our meeting.
Our local group has been pursuing details of the RRP for the last 5 years but has been mostly stonewalled. We have put up a number of suggestions and options relating to rail service improvements and most have been rebuffed with inaccurate and unreliable reasons (obvious lies).
Of course TfNSW/TrainLink can extend the contract to provide additional sets but I already see signs that there is a potential aim to reduce costs and cut back the contract and not proceed with options.
Hopefully common sense will prevail but at this stage I am very pessimistic. Given the poor contract management practices exhibited over the last decade in relation to decisions/management about upgrading and provision of new rail infrastructure and assets this situation is unlikely to improve.
Happy to be proven wrong,