frequentflyer wrote:http://railcolornews.com/2018/06/30/uk- ... transport/
UK is about to accept their first Stadler EMU/DMU for intercity service. A model like this would be submitted by Stadler for use on the NEC with probably two power cars in the middle instead of the one.
The first Stadler units for East Anglia are still months away from arriving in the UK and won't enter service for another 9 months at least.
Note that the power car would be entirely unnecessary on the NEC, the power car is only for when the trains leave the electric network.
But the biggest problem is that those units are entirely unsuitable for North American use - not only do they not meet the FRA standards but they are far too small given the very restrictive UK loading gauge.
Which isn't to say Stadler couldn't design a new train to meet Amtrak or VIA's needs, but a new design brings along all the baggage that a new design has.
Now a European design could, with a waiver, possibly be used directly given the European loading gauge is somewhere between the UK and US standards, but of course Europe doesn't use high platforms so that means none of the European designs are suitable for the NEC. Which brings us back to a new design being required.
VIA has specified a bunch of things in their requirements, which includes full FRA standards compliance, both low and high level platform capability and bi-directional capability. It is possible that Stadler may submit a DMU design that meets those requirements, but they may also submit a more conventional (for North America) loco and coach option.