On the Fourth of March there were 7(3 car) Velocity sets out of service due to wheels, this is an improvement on the 15-17 they had out 3-4 weeks ago.
3 Velocity sets were at Dandenong for 13 car (trailer car) inclusion.
There were 5 Velocity sets out of service due to schedule maintenance activities (a normal number). This makes a total of 15 sets out of service as on 4/3/16.
This is down from the record highs of between 24-26 units 4 weeks earlier.
Now the kicker: There were 4 Velocity sets stored in the storage yard (the old truck shop site) NOT stored there due to wheel condition. These 4 units were fully serviceable and available for traffic. The only reason they were in the storage yard is because there was no room at Southern Cross Station to stable them.
Why were these units stored serviceable whilst V/Line is still cancelling services and replacing them with buses?
Has someone higher up the food chain had made the decision to store them rather than put them back into service?
Very, very bizarre.
These 4 Velocity sets could be brought into service on the Seymour line so that the Sprinters can be released for Traralgon service.
Another item of interest is the continuing cancellation of the 23.15 Waurn Ponds
service every weekday night since the wheel issue began.
This service has been operating as a free rail replacement road coach for over 4 weeks despite approximately 8 Velocity sets shunting out, being fueled then stabled at Geelong between 17.30 hours and 20.30 hours each night.
There is more than enough time for 1 of these 3-car set to be sent to Southern Cross Station as empty cars so that it can be in position to run the 23.15 service as a train rather than a tax payer funded bus.
Thank god we don’t have a situation where the chair of V-Line is the wife of the owner
of a bus company charged with running rail replacement buses.