Has left a very bad legacy with backward seat NIFs. Hopefully, someone will come along soon and put these trains to suburban use. Every time I see a Vset rolling along, I shake my head in disbelief on how a decision was made to replace these beautiful fit for purpose trains by total rubbish. A terrible mistake was made. Tragic.Actually the V sets are no longer fit for purpose as their their doors and toilets do not meet present day disability requirements. The crew cabs are woeful and many, mainly the camshaft sets, are well beyond their use by date.
When you say the V sets are fit for purpose I am not sure what you mean? They were originally built as a somewhat luxury inter-urban service with 2 classes of seating, chilled water etc. That purpose no longer exists as they are no more used as a commuter service with minimal fares and built to a design no longer possible to manufacture at a reasonable cost. These days I do not believe any manufacturer would be prepared to tender for such a design with a narrow body.
The NIF are probably OK for purpose with the main concern from the RTBU and members that they are unsafe to operate without a guard, particularly on the difficult Blue Mountains line. A number of serious issues have arisen during the testing phase with any hope of early introduction dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Korean factory has been closed as have component suppliers located in all the hotspots of China, Italy and France.
NSW Trains is desperate to introduce the NIF prior to the expiration of the NSW Trains EBA since once the EBA expires (shortly), the unions can take protected industrial action.