There's masses of work being done at the moment so things are changing but but Seymour to Benalla on the West is the worst in my opinion, especially around Avenel. The East from Wangaratta to Albury is probably the best.
Much appreciate the feedback.
I notice the video showed the east line heading south from Wodonga as i could see the SCT vans to the right. What is causing the rough riding or has this now been addressed?
Do ARTC have enough crews working the line?
The East from Wodonga to Wangaratta has been reballasted, bridges replaced and had track machines running over it for the last couple of weeks. The work is being done by John Holland.
In my opinion ARTC do not have enough crews working the line.
There is a wheel rail interface issue that has been there all along. To be verified of course. Ten minutes with the gauges will do that but the action of the loco is classic hunting/instability. Has all the hall marks of tight gauge and incompatible wheel/rail profiles. New sleepers (has happened before that they come tight), wrong biscuits/spacers, over square rail profile, incorrectly referenced tangent profile, wheels are worn unusually on that particular loco.
This is but one engine, what engine class was it by the way? Do others behave this way? Every now an then rolling stock will wear its wheels in an unusual way due to their traffic pattern. What would be looked at on this loco is the lack of wear and why on the throat of the gauge corner and why. High conicity = hunting.
No amount of tamping or ballasting will fix this issue no matter how ell it may make you feel. The root causes must be addressed.
I recall an example of a train being subject to unique wheel wear, it was run by ASR doing the Adelaide to Melbourne Patricks run. That's all the wagons did, so were subject to a high proportion of time in the Adelaide Hills, were set up for high speed (read very stiff steering) but were also not in good repair (bolster spring pack wear). The Titanic had better steering characteristics. Throw in some superelevation and lubrication issues and it resulted in unusual wear in the top of the flange to wear to a point, not the rounded shape we would all know. The result of the wear was a grey point so far as train examination went. The wheels were stuffed, yet met the flange wear limit where it was measured. So why was it a problem? It resulted in incompatibility with a vital piece of track - dual gauge splitters. There was two derailments that I know of directly caused by this, one at Nth Geelong and the other at Sims street. But I digress, goes to show how a combination of events contribute to the point of incident but happened to be this one train captive to that traffic and what can happen.