param1974 wrote:This weeks problems would have still happened if the matanagi's were in/out of service. The line is only as good as its weakest link, and thats the falling to pieces Ganz-Mavang.
The article you posted this morning specifically referred to a locomotive that moves trains (i.e. a shunting locomotive). That delay would still have happened even if all the EMUs were brand new.
The King wrote:I guess the Ganz are breaking down so much since the priority is getting the Matangis running so they haven't been getting the required maintenance.
Plus I imagine that the English Electric units are getting a bit long in the tooth, requiring the Ganz Mavags to work double time.
greenwelly wrote:One possible stop gap solution might be to delay the implementation of the Matangis on the Johnsonville Line that was due in May for 6 months and use these units on either the Kapiti or Hutt Line.
I would agree there; perhaps given the uptake, the Rotem units should first be used to implement the timetable that would exist when they are all here (and all the English Electrics are gone) and then replace the English Electric units last. If petrol carries on increasing in price, then perhaps we might still need those English Electric units.