VLocity train order off track as fleet built too heavy

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 25 Feb 2019 08:40
  Contrillion Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong, Victoria
The set at Wendouree was coupled to an older Vlocity so cyclists could use that one or used the larger disabled space in the new one.
Gauntlet
Currently most services are run coupled with another 'old' layout set, except a few in the interpeak when most services are split to run as 3 cars.

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  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Twitter has a photo ("pinched" from an undisclosed FB page) of VL80, presumably running acceptance tests


Neil
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Comparison photo:
  max_thum Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
VL80 onwards are supposedly are the Long Distance variant of the VLocity units. Rumour is first deployed onto Bairnsdale then the Shepparton, Warrnambool.

They are currently three cars long as shown in the pictures but apparently they feature a buffet onboard and will have five cars in the future.
  NimbleJack Station Master


VL80 onwards are supposedly are the Long Distance variant of the VLocity units. Rumour is first deployed onto Bairnsdale then the Shepparton, Warrnambool. They are currently three cars long as shown in the pictures but apparently they feature a buffet onboard and will have five cars in the future.
Somebody

Think of the smallest object in the universe, then halve it.

That's how much truth your post contains.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner


I've never considered V'Locity's to be 'country trains', because I've travelled extensively on VR country trains over a few decades.

Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo et al are served by what I consider to be Interurban trains.

Mike.The interurban concept in well understood in NSW. V/Line seems to struggle with this, and maybe having to perform suburban services as well, is an added distraction they don't need
Lockspike

The main difference is that NSW uses electricity for most of our interurban services.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
It must be time Victoria moved into the 21st  century and electrified high demand routes like Geelong area to MELBOURNE, Ballarat to MELBOURNE and Bendigo to MELBOURNE.

Trains would be lighter and cost less to operate.
  Lockie91 Assistant Commissioner

We are, Western Rail Plan. Keep up.

Mostly likely we will see Bi Modal units.

A report out a few years ago suggested that the reason V/Line was resisting running more services to Geelong was fuel! It’s not economical to be running DMU’s every 10 to Geelong. Costing V/Line tens of thousands in fuel every week.

Sparking to Geelong is well overdue. I believe this is being discussed in the Geelong HSR thread
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

When was the name of the city changed from Melbourne to MELBOURNE?
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

When was the name of the city changed from Melbourne to MELBOURNE?
potatoinmymouth
Hey SPUD maybe you should change your name to FOOTINMOUTH..........................
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Settle down guys or this could turn into another Vinelander Vs Don Dunstan and Don Dunstan had to move to SA to settle that feud.

Mike.
  max_thum Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
VL80 recently got accredited. Did a few test runs to Ararat and Maryborough before doing some Geelong runs.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
The end of another busy working week brings my last trip on a train for a couple of weeks due to the shutdown on the Sunbury line and Bendigo group.

Waiting for the 17.06 Up ex Castlemaine I heard a very different horn to what I was expecting and so I looked up to see a sort of familiar but slightly odd looking V/Locity heading toward the platform in the form of VL88

I have had a few trips run by the "commuter" V/los recently so it was good to get a look at the new ones.

As already mentioned the first thing that I noticed was the slightly weird looking cab as the train approached. Interior wise they are similar to the commuter versions except that they have gone back to 2 toilets per 3 car set. The new seats are retained but the grab handles mounted to the seat backs seem to be set in further making for a nice wide aisle. The new armrests don't have the click in / push button release which is good as far as I am concerned.

CCTV is fitted in the ends of the carriages, some of the club seating is gone and there are more disabled seats in the "leading" car behind the DDA compliant toilet.

That is all I have been able to pickup, so far, so good, for mine it is the best V/Lo yet
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

The end of another busy working week brings my last trip on a train for a couple of weeks due to the shutdown on the Sunbury line and Bendigo group.

Waiting for the 17.06 Up ex Castlemaine I heard a very different horn to what I was expecting and so I looked up to see a sort of familiar but slightly odd looking V/Locity heading toward the platform in the form of VL88

I have had a few trips run by the "commuter" V/los recently so it was good to get a look at the new ones.

As already mentioned the first thing that I noticed was the slightly weird looking cab as the train approached. Interior wise they are similar to the commuter versions except that they have gone back to 2 toilets per 3 car set. The new seats are retained but the grab handles mounted to the seat backs seem to be set in further making for a nice wide aisle. The new armrests don't have the click in / push button release which is good as far as I am concerned.

CCTV is fitted in the ends of the carriages, some of the club seating is gone and there are more disabled seats in the "leading" car behind the DDA compliant toilet.

That is all I have been able to pickup, so far, so good, for mine it is the best V/Lo yet
BrentonGolding

Does this have additional crash protection for the driver?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Does this have additional crash protection for the driver?
Duncs
I thought that was the whole point of the cab redesign?
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
Does this have additional crash protection for the driver?
I thought that was the whole point of the cab redesign?
BrentonGolding
I would hope any upgrade would make things safer for everyone, but I thought the design was mainly about changing the shape of the windows to provide more visibility.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

No, the key part of the alteration is strengthened cabs.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
VL80 recently got accredited. Did a few test runs to Ararat and Maryborough before doing some Geelong runs.
max_thum

Vicsig updated their V'locity page yesterday to shows all except VL83 having entered service. On the latest photos page Ian Green has photographed VL83, stabled with VL80, in the Bank Sidings at Spencer St/Southern Cross as of Friday, so it would appear that all are now in active service.

Neil

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