To Woodford and Comtrain, many thanks for that info.
May I assume that south of Seymour the best a train can do is 120 - 125 kph?
If the track and signalling permitted, can trains do 160 (or more?) between Seymour and Wodonga?
Gee I am out of date here. But pre ARTC the XPT was allowed 130KPH on the SG and the Sprinters were allowed the same 130 on the BG.
With an Inspector on board I was instructed to try for 160 KPH when the Sprinters were introduced. Between Euroa and Violet Town we easily sustained 145 KPH and the suspension handled the bumps well. We did not go for 160, and I am not sure why, now.
I really should say as somebody who regularly drove (and fired) between Melbourne and Albury, from 1974 to 2000, that the ARTC are talking crap.
Mudholes did appear, and when reported by crews usually after heavy rain. They were fixed within 12 hours and speed restrictions were very rare. The ARTC is talking trough their corporate rrrse
But we all know that don't we
The problem still is that the sub-roadbed was destroyed by the method of installing the sleepers. Their is a magic machine that has sat unused for a long time in Junee. Where ever that machine is used to replace track and renew sleepers, these problems are avoided. However ARTC would need millions more to supply ballast to cover the new sleeper height.
In hind site I feel certain the ARTC will be unhappy they did not do 60% of the track right, and leave the rest till funding was available.
The Western Line was converted to SG in a few months. Trains were running in a few weeks. They simply reused the wood sleepers and replaced them a few years later. They should have done this again, when they ran out of money.