Rang up V-line bout 1230 today to try and reserve a ticket on the 1355 coach leaving Shepp, joining 8324 at Seymour at 1519.
Was first of all informed that reservations were not available on my bus component, which I found surprising, considering reservations are available on just about all other coach connections. Secondly, I was informed that there was no economy reservations available on the 8324 from Seymour. I debated with whether or not just to try and travel unreserved all the way from Shep to Melb on both the coach then the ex Albury train, but in the end decided I didn't want to end up stranded at Seymour waiting for some back-up coaches and reserved for the 1705 direct Shep train instead.
Turns out now I may have being able to squeeze onto the BCZ 259 on the 8324 but by Seymour that unreserved car may have being filled by the unmanned stations along the line.
Anyway rock up at Shep station bout 1655, turns out my service was only an N-set! Cars B & C were about 80% on leaving Murchison East, lucky from there on in passenger loadings were low and there were a couple of people getting off too. Couple of 'heated debates' noted in Car B as passengers argued over people sitting in their reserved seats. On disembarking at Melb first class was noted as being about 60% full also, not a bad result.
Reservation chaos reigns!