The deaths of an XPT train driver and pilot have become the most tragic example of everything that has been so wrong with the Albury to Melbourne rail line for so many years.
It is terrible for the families of those lost that their loss could somehow become embroiled in this issue, especially given that investigations have only just begun into possible cause for the derailment at Wallan on Thursday night.
But this is also an unavoidable consequence given the early accusations that this was possibly a faulty line.
Again, drawing conclusions now in a knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy is in no one's interests.
The line has long been a national infrastructure basket case, a veritable disgrace and a shining example of a large slice of the government funding pie for city residents and a few crumbs for those in the regions.
Indeed, if a similarly inept railway line ran through the major cities there's no doubt it would have been brought up to standard many moons ago.
But this has been the common thread of the whole saga.
While the Victorian and federal governments late last year announced a $235 million upgrade to the line, it feels like governments have been dragged kicking and screaming to the funding table.
What has made all of this such a farce - in addition to the woeful, early 1980s train sets still inflicted on travelers - is the fact that the mooted big spend is not the first attempt to bring the track up to scratch.
Similar works that were supposed to put the days of slow, inadequate and antiquated tracks in the past failed miserably a decade ago, as long sections became extreme go-slow zones due to mud holes that formed in the ballast under the newly laid tracks.
All of this has made the words of so many Victorian opposition politicians, on both sides of the fence, ring extremely hollow given they've all had the time in power to have a decent crack.
We've said it many times before, but enough's well and truly enough.