• Siemens to manufacture 83 Intercity Trainsets for Amtrak: Design, Delivery, Acceptance

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  by Ridgefielder
 
njtmnrrbuff wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:51 am It is a bit surprising that the person in the video mentions that Amtrak isn’t buying cab cars for the trains that will serve Upstate NY. If that ends up becoming a done deal, where would the Ethan Allen be turned in Burlington.
Believe it or not there's still a functioning roundhouse and turntable in the Burlington yard.
  by John_Perkowski
 
To answer Mr Normans question, aircraft in desert storage have sufficient value to be afforded layered security.

Most rail car storage security is laughable at best. I need say one one word about security: Tagging.

If you want cars available for holidays, emergencies, or new service whilst awaiting new equipment, said cars must be ready for service after filling the water tanks and maybe doing a COT&S On the brakes.
  by Greg Moore
 
John_Perkowski wrote: Mon Nov 15, 2021 7:30 pm To answer Mr Normans question, aircraft in desert storage have sufficient value to be afforded layered security.

Most rail car storage security is laughable at best. I need say one one word about security: Tagging.

If you want cars available for holidays, emergencies, or new service whilst awaiting new equipment, said cars must be ready for service after filling the water tanks and maybe doing a COT&S On the brakes.
I would add too that a plane in the desert can be flown to any point in the continental US in less than a day when needed for service.

Parking rail cars in the desert, while actually not a terrible idea, means planning moves 2-3 days in advance at least. So if you want to bring them up for Thanksgiving, you're moving them probably the weekend before. And this includes the hassles of finding slots with the railroads.
  by frequentflyer
 
The Siemens ACS64s can easily be traded in for the newer Siemens multipower units. Amtrak did that with the troublesome EMD SDP40s and traded them in on F40s (which were made from some of the SDP40 parts). Besides, the ACS64 are a Vectron in a prettier body. It will not be hard for Siemen to resale them if it had too.

No doubt Siemens's Amfleet replacement deal more than compensates for getting rid of the ACS64s.
  by PHLSpecial
 
It sucks the host railroads refuse in electrification because they refuse to pay for any of the capital cost. Double stack containers fit under the wire in the NEC. If we had more electrified sections probably could get trains with smaller diesel tanks or even run off batteries.
  by scratchyX1
 
With the new battery locomotives CN purchased, its a stepping stone to limited electrification. I imagine electric locomotives would operate very well on 1 mile plus trains.
Sad that only bnsf has seriously looked into if.
Fec/ bright line could make good use of electrification, it's basically a high traffic corridor, which would meet European requirements for it.
  by bostontrainguy
 
Not exactly. You got CN and Roy Hill in Australia:

https://railfan.com/canadian-national-b ... ocomotive/

https://railfan.com/battery-powered-loc ... re-hauler/

They are working on a second generation which will be much better they say and may produce more interest.
  by lordsigma12345
 
Apparently they’re going to maintain a handful of ACS 64s for the Silver Service, Crescent, and Cardinal for when they are on the corridor - where they’ll switch in WAS to diesel ALC-42s. Unless of course they use the same platform for the eventual Amfleet II replacement and include the dual modes.
  by kitchin
 
SRich wrote: Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:48 am Will the state owned part in Virginia be electrified?
Nope. There are a lot of upcoming capital expenses in Virginia if it all happens: Long Bridge, Christiansburg station and rail from Roanoke, new James River bridge in Richmond, track work around Richmond making RVM usable as a stop for every train from RVR, new track from Petersburg to Raleigh NC.

The latter is SEHSR, though not really "high." It's a more direct route to Raleigh and will be pax only. "The proposed project does not include electrification of the railway, unlike in the Northeast Corridor. However, top speeds would be raised from 79 to 110 miles per hour." (Wikipedia)
  by njtmnrrbuff
 
Just like much of what I said about not electrifying the Springfield Line, there is no need to electrify the former RF&P plus the restored S-Line(if gets rebuilt). The dual powered trainsets will significantly serve their purposes when they continue beyond the Northeast Corridor.
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