Extra locomotive to bring reliability

Back up buses could be a thing of the past

TRAIN services on the North East line will become more reliable with the inclusion of an extra locomotive by the end of July.

It will lessen the commuter pain that has been a common occurrence with the region’s rail service, due to speed restrictions stemming from the track rehabilitation program and ageing rolling stock.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that an extra V/Line locomotive will be converted to standard gauge at a cost of $130,000 to improve the reliability of train services on the Albury line.

It will increase the number of standard gauge locomotives to four, offering a buffer, given the fact one is almost always off-line due to maintenance.

Currently, if a second locomotive has to be withdrawn from service due to a fault or damage, there is only one available, meaning services need to be replaced by coaches.

Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) said that the addition of a new locomotive will hopefully improve train reliability but more work still needs to be looked into on the line.

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