electricron wrote:Never thought of that corridor.MisterUptempo wrote:I understand that in addition to the nearly $10 million handed over to Talgo in the settlement, Talgo had already made $40 million for the trainsets themselves. Hmmmmm...$50 million forked out and got nothing in return. Well played, Scott Walker!It's 86 miles between Chicago and Milwaukee. It's 80 miles between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. A little bit too far for comfort on commuter railcars? I wonder if Louisiana might be interested in these two Talgo train sets? There's very little else brand new out there' and ready to go for inter-city services.
My first thought was that it might be a good idea for Michigan to look at the Talgos again. They could use them temporarily on the Wolverine when they were ready to increase frequencies on that route. Then, once the new Siemens locomotives and N-S railcars were ready, the state could utilize the Talgos on the coast-to-coast route (Holland-Grand Rapids-Lansing-Jackson/Howell-Ann Arbor-Dearborn-Detroit) they are planning, or the Ann Arbor-Traverse City route that is merely part of Michigan's wish list at the moment.
When this subject came up on another board, someone mentioned that California is putting out feelers about the Talgos, possibly for use on the LOSSAN corridor, though I have yet to find anything to confirm that.