I was reading someplace, I forget where, that the current order of Rotem cars about to start to metrolink in LA was combined with an order or an option for Tri-Rail? Can anyone clarify this?
The contract includes another option for 14 trailer cars and 10 cab cars to be delivered to the South Florida Regional Transportation AuthorityI've seen some other sources saying the order was confirmed, others suggest otherwise. Considering the funding issues, I have my doubts if this option was exercised. Mind you, Metrolink's cars are already due sometime at the end of this month, supposedly, and one is already on its way to the States. No word on any TRCX cars.
does tri-rail really need new cars right now?I can't speak for the inner departments of Tri-Rail, but on the surface, I wouldn't think so. Ridership hasn't increased, to my knowledge; neither has service (if anything, there have been cutbacks). If TRCX "needs" new cars, I suspect they're considering replacement of the Bombardiers.
superbad wrote:the tri-rail cars were bought second hand from toronto, as did dallas, correct? the oldest of the first bi-level cars are pushing 35 years old now.. i think..They were purchased new through a joint order with GO Transit, painted in the GO scheme with the idea that they'd sell them back to GO (remember, TRCX was intended to be a temporary fix for the I-95 repairs in the late 1980's). GO never took possession of these cars at any time, and they were not bought used, despite what a few railfan fundamentalists would like you to believe.
electricron wrote:I suggest any argument whether any Tri-Rail bi-levels were purchased used or new can easily be determined by looking at them.....By the difference between the riveted or welded sides? You do realize that there are seven different variants of the now-Bombardier-owned bi-level design, right?
electricron wrote:It's easy to tell the difference, the older Hawker-Siddeley built bi-level cars have rivets.Tri-Rail didn't order their cars until UTDC had acquired Hawker Siddeley.
Kurt-Trirail wrote:By the difference between the riveted or welded sides? You do realize that there are seven different variants of the now-Bombardier-owned bi-level design, right?I don't see when the cars were ordered used from Go has any correlation to when Hawker Siddeley was sold. TRE order 12 bi-levels cars built by H-S used from Go in the late 1990s, I assume long after UTDC acquired H-S. And no, I didn't realize there were specifically seven different variants of the bi-level design, although I was aware there were at least four different variants (cab and cabless riveted and welded cars).
Tri-Rail didn't order their cars until UTDC had acquired Hawker Siddeley.
chrsjrcj wrote:Per youtube, Tri-Rail does in fact have at least one of these cars.Nice find. Thanks for posting. I guess that solves the question. The cab car looks like a P42 made into a coach.Haha
Very weird looking.