hxa wrote: ↑Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:08 pmDidn’t see that tweet. Absolutely bizarre if this is the case. The Sprinters have plenty of useful life left.mcgrath618 wrote: ↑Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:03 pmIn the comment section:hxa wrote: ↑Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:00 pmWhere in that tweet is that implied?mcgrath618 wrote: ↑Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:56 amThe author implied earlier that this info came from an Amtrak PR on twitter :bostontrainguy wrote: ↑Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:19 amThis is the second time someone has cited that website. Not only have I never heard of it before today, but it also seems to be a mostly air-related publication.mcgrath618 wrote: ↑Sat Jul 10, 2021 10:43 am Agreed with above. Amtrak electric power isn’t going away, ever. Anyone implying that the Sprinters are going to be retired is jumping the shark.Check this out:
https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2021/07/0 ... rnization/
This phase will also see the near-complete retirement of the current Siemens ACS-64 Sprinter fleet, as Amtrak will sell or lease out the fleet rather than give them a mid-life overhaul. A small handful will be kept to support long distance trains running into New York’s Penn Station.
Nowhere in the Amtrak or Siemens press releases does it say ANYTHING about retiring the Sprinters specifically. I suspect that this was either bad info or simply baseless speculation on Runwaygirl’s part.
The Sprinters are only five years old. They were built for a service life at least quadruple that. Let’s use some logic here people.
If someone can provide me an official Amtrak publication, report, spec sheet, or otherwise that says that these are definitive replacement for the Sprinters, I will gladly eat my own shorts. Until then, this is all just speculation.
I’ll bite my tongue until we see the specs but now I’m even more confused than I was at the beginning of this announcement.