Why would the design of a long haul SG Vlocity need to be different from a long haul BG Vlocity?.Indeed, I feel like we are raking over old ground here. The Velo design morphed out of the SG Explorer / Endeavor which is obviously an SG train. I know the design was changed a bit but I would have thought the outline / carbody was pretty much the same
Surely there would have to be synergies in uniformity*?
* I nearly said standardisation but then realised that I was in Wictoria where the word is banned.
Changes from the BG design to the SG would be limited to interior plus cab (more protection for the driver maybe) but surely not a complete re-design of the vehicle.
So to put the long haul onto BG would just involve a change of bogies. Or am I missing something?
To those who say the Inter City type V/Locity will NOT be used on bg, well they have already been announced for Warrnambool line and track upgrade is funded and starting shortly.
Shepparton is to go from loco hauled to Commuter type V/Locity initially bg at 8 - 9 return trips on Weekdays
A recent webinar briefed those interested that N/Z sets are to be phased out from 2025 on Inter City services.
The only new train type being looked at is a high capacity outer Metro DMU train type for VLP to use on Wyndhamvale and Melton services. This would potentially allow for more recent bg commuter V/Locities to be released for Inter City fit out like new Albury sets. It only takes something like 12 Inter City bg VL train sets to run Warrnambool, Swan Hill and Bairnsdale including PPM/Spare sets.
Government is NOT going to be developing yet another DMU train type for bg Inter City routes when it alraedy has the new Inter City train type in the sg Innter City design. (There are huge costs in introducing additional train types.)
This means medium term VLP end up with four DMU train types for efficiency maintenance spares etc.
- Commuter V/locity sets - bg mainly seating 222 seats (4 idiot orphan sets 234 seats and single toilet.)
- Inter City V/Locity sets - 150 seats over sg and bg (interchangeable - just swap bogies)
- Sprinters - bg 21 of
- High Capacity outer Metro DMU train type bg
The larger part of this fleet are V/Locity trains with commonality in traction gear, spares etc.