Did you know that Murphy and Heath Robinson both work on 'bastard fixes' for Vline/Metro/PTV?
I'm not a wheel engineer, but the bright patches on the side of the wheel tread aren't what I'd expect to see. They look like spalling (slivers of the edge coming off).
To me, it looks like the non flange side of of the wheel is hitting something very close to the rail head somewhere between Melbourne and Albury.
I wonder how *wide* the wheel tread is, and if it is just a shade wider than that on the normal rolling stock using this corridor?My god if someone has stuffed up the wheel profiles I swear im going to come down there and, I dont know, rage.
I feel this is one of the basic things to get right.
IF we ever get to the bottom of this problem and hear the result I will then say (or not) 'I could have told you that'.
Sadly, I am of little faith these days.