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by tomj
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Services?

A more efficient solution would be to lock one of the discussions near the top of the Amtrak sections so people can just add onto one long one.
by tomj
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Services?

I like the idea, but do we even have enough Viewliners or sidelined Superliners to try that? Part of the reason why I am suggesting this for the Amfleets is they are going to get replaced in the not so distant future and Amtrak should take advantage of that rather than scrapping them like they norma...
by tomj
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Services? SLUMBERCOACH!!

Take a look for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voGVjSUeIAo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I have seen that We'd have to punch a new window in the Amfleet or Horizon cars and that may not be structurally possible to do. I am not saying that a new version of a slumber coach...
by tomj
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Services?

I don't see how the turning Amfleets or Superliners into Slumber Coaches to milk 10 years out of them would be worth while given their internal design. Not to mention everyone thinks it will empty out the roomettes if a budget option was added to Amtrak. Assuming there are 36 roomettes on a Superlin...
by tomj
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: California Commuter & Transit
Topic: California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) System
Replies: 466
Views: 106093

Re: California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) System

RIP in Peace

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Should have started with Tehachapi Pass....
by tomj
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Serices?

It seems every 6 months or so somebody introduces an entirely new thread over this issue which we have debated over and over again, and yet no one to date has been able to find a way to balance the books. My thought behind "balancing the books" would be to appeal to people in coach rather than peop...
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: BART, Amtrak exploring possible joint transbay crossing
Replies: 34
Views: 6831

Re: BART, Amtrak exploring possible joint transbay crossing

lpetrich wrote: So I suspect that it would be a four-track tunnel, two for BART and two for regional and intercity trains, like the 69th St. - Queens tunnel in New York City. One pair of tracks for NYC subway trains and the other pair for the LIRR.
This is what BART and CAHSRA originally planned for.
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Serices?

I figure adapting something used by airlines would be more likely (especially if converting an existing car like a Horizon or Amfleet). Not to mention doing that took me about 20 minutes.
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL/Midwest
Replies: 288
Views: 66027

Re: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL/Midwest

Even junking the Amfleets doesn't make complete sense. It must be done. The windows on those cars are too small and they have reached the end of their service life. Amtrak pays dearly to operate this fleet using custom made parts and refurbished shells. Siemens has a global presence and will likely...
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL/Midwest
Replies: 288
Views: 66027

Re: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL/Midwest

Yes, the Comets won't be around forever. The Comet IIs are the oldest comets operating on NJT. The Horizon cars were based off of the design of the original NJT Comet IIs. If the Comet IIs are going to be retired soon, then I'm sure that the Horizons will as well. It will be a welcoming sight to se...
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Horizon Coach Refurbishment
Replies: 214
Views: 39683

Re: Horizon Coach Refurbishment

If the designs for the California Cars weren't available to adapt, why would Siemens make their designs available to be adapted?
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Re: Overnight Serices?

The current airline model isn’t much more than the Duplex roomette patented by Pullmanin 1942. In fact, it’s a bit less, no sink and toilet. Imhope you meant 36 berths, not 36 sections in the open section format. At 6’6” per section, including partition, 18 sections is 117 feet long, a smidge longe...
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Horizon Coach Refurbishment
Replies: 214
Views: 39683

Re: Horizon Coach Refurbishment

I would still think pushing the Horizon cars farther south or converting some of them into an experimental budget sleeper would be better options. Anything in the Northeast is likely going to get whatever replaces the Amfleet cars. As for being capable for push-pull service, the dining cars on the c...
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Overnight Coach Configuration Ideas
Replies: 206
Views: 37820

Overnight Services?

This is a topic that came up in the Amfleet replacement tab, but I think it is something that should get talked about on its own. One idea that I brought up is that some the existing Amfleets should be refurbished into a mix of open sections and an adapted version of intercontinental business class ...
by tomj
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: New Amtrak route through Sacramento CA?
Replies: 4
Views: 2430

Re: New Amtrak route through Sacramento CA?

benboston wrote:Is this related to the California HSR?
Its not. There have been calls for service improvement along Amtrak "California" for the better part of a decade.

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