Train60 wrote:And so it begins.This has already been covered in both the "Amtrak DMUs" and "RFP for new locomotives" threads.
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WesternNation wrote:This has already been covered in both the "Amtrak DMUs" and "RFP for new locomotives" threads.Note the subject line please.
Train60 wrote:]I was under the impression that dual threads about a topic tend to clutter the forum with redundant posts...?
Note the subject line please.
Amtrak needs to replace the Amfleet I cars which are now over 40 years old, most of which are used on the NEC. They can look at DMUs all they want but they still are going to need coaches and control cars for use on the NEC. Maybe we could see DMUs on the Springfield Line but my bet is that ConnDOT takes over most of equipment pool on this line in 3-5 years if they find some money for new equipment.
Here's a good industry article on this topic
https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/am ... lacements/
east point wrote:Why replace AM-1s when AM-2s have much more mileage and wear and tear on tracks that are rougher than NEC ?Because the AM-1s are nearly as old as Amtrak and are probably showing signs of wear. Amtrak’s refresh is only a temporary measure, as the cars are more economical to replace than to repair.
Matt Johnson wrote:Siemens seems to have its act together and the Brightline coaches look to be Acela-level nice or better, so I'd like to see more Siemens Viaggio coaches in Amtrak's future.Rumor has it Anderson wants one single level car to replace the corridor and LDT cars. One car means less spares and supposedly better reliability. So a Viaggio outfitted from coach to sleeper may
SouthernRailway wrote:Why wouldn't Amtrak just order a bunch of Viewliner coaches or Brightline cars (however they're named)? Why start this process from scratch?Would be nice, but imagine the fuss if other companies weren’t at least allowed to sniff the contract. Kawasaki, Rotem, N-S, Bombardier, Stadler, Mitsubishi, and CRRC all have NEC-capable designs, whether they need work to fit the spec or not, and whether or not they feel like dealing with Amtrak’s apparently finicky Mechanical department. Politically, there could be some pressure to spread contracts throughout the country as well, but for once there isn’t a total lack of carbuilders in America. (American-owned is another matter.)
mtuandrew wrote:Politically, there could be some pressure to spread contracts throughout the country as well, but for once there isn’t a total lack of carbuilders in America. (American-owned is another matter.)ACF is the only one of the great American coach builders left, now in freight only. But the St. Louis Car assembly plant is intact and still has the cranes used to lift cars in the assembly shop (now repurposed as the St. Louis Business Center).