DutchRailnut wrote:They are, the Acela and Viewliner car are basicly same shape, and you won't see much different as the shape maximizes the useable interior space.All due respect, the Viewliners and Acela cars are about as similar looking as Superliners and the LIRR's C3's, or NJT's Arrow and Comet V's. The only thing similar about their appearance to me is that they have a bulge around the seat belt. If this is what the new Viewliners are going to look like, it's not going to look like a matched consist.
I realize running matched consists is not Amtrak's #1 priority, but I also don't see why they *wouldn't* want to do it if it costs them nothing. Seems like it'd make for some good postcards, at least - help a bit with marketing. And I can't think of a good reason why they would "not require" the same basic design as the current Viewliners. Why not require it? They're not going to gain anything by changing contouring or other purely aesthetic features.