this sillyness just won't go away.Happens 22 times a day at Frankston (Stony Point). 2 x SG sprinters could be used. The trade-off being 3 return trips a day. The original proposal was to save the DG cost and to avoid the 80 km/h restriction, which, the lifting of, is yet to be documented.
Geelong - Ballarat, if ever although more value than Dunolly, would be SG.
Would you consider a second track on the Ballarat to Gheringhap Line with SG and BG separated the idea of the overland being back via Ballarat would capture more customers potentially with an ability to change at Ballarat for points west to Adelaide. Customers for the western suburbs of Melbourne could change at Ballarat for higher speed VELOCITY services.
Extend VELOCITY services from Ballarat to Horsham on the SG via Ararat.
The existing, regular services from Ararat and Maryborough are both through to Melbourne, with No change, using the higher speed VELOCITY.
Youz want to change all that for an undefined handful of pax that might get a train instead of bus.
Yes, screw over everybody that actually uses a service, so that some crazy idea can get a trial. ( oops forgot that is the Vline motto)
The Overland wil never go back to a guage break. Journey Beyond want to keep the limited number of pax that they have. The extra hour going the long way round might offend gunzells, but the pax are quite comfy sitting down to afternnon tea.
Potential pax along the Ballarat line can already join The Overland at Ararat.