Photo by Ash Williams.
76 years later train technology including tracks and signalling has improved immensely with European, Japanese and Chinese trains travelling at speeds over 300km/h. Sadly we are not blessed with such train foresight in Australia but with the VLocity trains pictured below being able to travel at 160 km/h surely would show some time savings for the Geelong trip and yes, it is quicker and even the fastest train makes a stop that I don't believe the Geelong Flyer had to make.
76 years of huge technological advances in railway operation and that is the best we can do, shave a minute or so from the trip time.
It will be interesting to see what the time the trip will take once the Regional Rail Link is completed. It will mean the country trains from the west and north will no longer run on suburban tracks, but on their own dedicated lines. The distance will be a bit longer but if there is not a significant improvement in the time the trip takes, it will seem the cost of the RRL at $4 billion has been a waste.