Do the buffets on a SG long-haul require staffing or are they some sort of auto self-serve, ie 2 catering staff to Albury, none to Bairnsdale?
As far as I'm aware, buffets do require staff. They are called conductors
The question was about the proposed buffet (hereinafter referred to using its brochure nomenclature of ‘modern catering facility’) on the long-haul VLocity, the subject of this thread. Does the MCF need to be staffed (be it a conductor or whatever), or will it be some sort of vending machine arrangement, perhaps requiring only part-time staffing? There is little information in the video or brochure about what exactly an MCF will be.
The lower capacity of the VLocity, compared to the current N-sets, is due to the seating configuration in Economy, ie 2 + 2 seating instead of 2 + 3 seating, the bike racks and additional wheel chair space.
The seating capacities of the VLocity are:
DM(D) - 48 (includes 2 x 4-club seat arrangement)
TM - 30 (includes 4 x 4-club seat arrangement with shared tables)
DM - 66 (includes 4 x 4-club seat arrangement)
Total - 144
In addition, the TM has 4 x side-facing fold-up seats in the MCF area and 4 x standard seats for wheel chair companions. There are 12 x side-facing fold-up seats in the 6 x wheel chair bays in the DM(D) and TM cars.
Assuming the diagrams are to scale, in a 2 x 3-car VLocity the two unused driving modules (12 each) and the extra MCF (30) take up space for about 54 seats.
Adding an additional car (TP), similar in layout to the DM above but without the driving module, to a 3-car VLocity would add 78 seats. Adding 2 x TP would roughly double the capacity, although, depending on the number of cars added, additional toilets and wheel chair bays would be a consideration. The additional cars could be designed to be added or subtracted subject to seasonal demands and allow splitting the train into 3-car units or less (with hostler controls if necessary) for maintenance.
As the long-hauls probably only need to be capable of 130 km/h (even on the BG RFR sections an express would be able to keep up with a current VLocity making extra stops), whether or not one of the additional TPs needs to be powered would be worth considering, although the engines on the new design might have been detuned.
The first VLocitys were 2-car (DM(D) – DM) seating 140 passengers. The N-sets were 3-car (ACN - BRN - BN) when first introduced, seating 202 passengers including 52 first class. Both have since been expanded.https://transport.vic.gov.au/our-transport-future/our-projects/new-and-upgraded-trains-and-trams/new-train-and-tram-orders#VlocityNE
PS: Surely the long-haul VLocitys will have a different type prefix, eg VS, and different number range.
PPS: Don’t call me ………………………