Gilbert B Norman wrote:I've not been on the Talgos yet (no reason to go anywhere where they run). It's always been a novel and controversial design. I think Talgo will up and leave more to avoid the headaches of the US market, given their only customer's put their product into a ditch a few times already.Nasadowsk wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if Talgo just up and leaves the US market in the near future.Agreed, Mr. Nas; "send 'em back where they came from". Maybe RENFE can find something to do with them. One ride, Bilbao to Madrid during '90, was enough for me in this life.
With the "broken" safety culture, Mr. Anderson "inherited" and having come from an industry (despite some recent "missteps") in which safety is paramount, I don't think Talgo equipment has much further "life expectancy" on US rails.
Until new equipment is ordered and placed in service, I think the Horizons, as they are released from Midwest service, will make the Northwest their "retirement comminity".Ugh. A crappy box from the 60's that should have been put to pasture ages ago.
Oh, and lest we note, the lawyers are looking at a "profit opportunity"; for by the time its over, there will be more suits in court than Men's Wearhouse has on the racks.Which is why Talgo's gonna leave, IMHO. Amtrak's pockets are limited, Talgo's aren't. Amtrak's shown they have no clue how to run a railroad, repeatedly (and this in the US, which is the Special Olympics of passenger rail).