I'm not denying any factual information. Yourself and DJF haven't provided any factual information whatsoever to back up any of your claims. All I'm hearing is that "ATO will make it so" with nothing factual to show this to be the case. Where is you factual information to prove yourselves correct. Don't give me that Sydney - Wollongong link as that is not factual information but just a submission and only one item as actuallyTry this -
The D sets are set for 115km/h and not 160km/h as wikipedia incorrectly states. The white boards are for the XPT, Xplorer, Endeavour and the new regional trains and not for V sets, D sets or any suburban electric double deck rolling stock. The new regional train is the only new train that is designated to hit 160km in NSW and that won't be anywhere in Sydney. If you want 160km/h the network needs a complete realignment and expansion. It can't be done on the network as it is even if you add ATO and especially it isn't going to be done with double deck electric rolling stock on anything other then a dedicated high speed rail line.
The metro trains operate around 100km/h but they do get up to 115km/h. Wikipedia is also wrong on the max speed of 100km/h for the Sydney Metro. I mentioned 130km/h because trains like the metro on dedicated tracks can normally get to. The Metro max speed might not be 130 but it is definitely more then 100. If you keep an eye on Anytrip you can see the speed of the metro trains and I just noticed one at 106.4 km/h.
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With regard to the D sets, I can't find any current reference to its maximum speed other than on Wikipedia which states its maximum speed is 160km/h, but I do distinctly recall its maximum speed of being 160km/h when the NIF was initially announced by Andrew Constance. It's also been mentioned innumerable times in the media and railway journals, so I have no reason to doubt it. I know Wikipedia isn't infallible and I'm not relying on that alone, but if you doubt their accuracy, then why don't you for once produce some evidence to suggest otherwise instead of just refuting everything?
I've never said that the D sets would operate at 160km/h on the Sydney Trains network. Both djf and I have suggested sections of track on the Northern, Western and East Hills Lines, where existing maximum speed board limits could potentially be lifted up to 160km/h where the track geometry allows it, particularly after ATO is implemented.
If the D sets were specified with a maximum speed of 160km/h which I believe is the case, then it was done for a reason, otherwise they would have specified a lower limit of 130km/h, which is similar to the Waratahs, Millenniums and Oscars. They must plan to utilise it some time in the future, just as they would for the specified speed limits for the suburban stock.