frequentflyer wrote:Why keep a fleet that will be a mx headache. BBD is not going to continue support. One cannot abuse the Acela like you can with five Amfleets and a Sprinter.do you have explicit knowledge of whether BBD will continue support? Look at what they are doing with MARC's HHP-8s.
For me I would think Keystone Acela a good idea if something could be worked out with PA and BBD, but there would have to be a sense that the fatigue life of the sets would be long enough to bother doing so.
Explicit knowledge? No. Just what I see in the news (lawsuits and accusations) and Amtrak's actions (no orders from BBD for new locomotives or train sets). Electron posted that the Acela car bodies should last another 20 years, maybe, but the fact remains Amtrak chose to go in another direction and have stated the Acela Is will be retired. Can't find the Amtrak PR stating so but its in this Forbes article.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonrabin ... f7c7001625
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Now I am sure that Amtrak management and Ops has sat around the table and had discussions that are similar what is being discussed in this thread, and more importantly have run the numbers to see if it makes sense to move the Acelas to PA or use them as Regionals. Again, Amtrak's actions are telling, they want to RETIRE the trains and be done with them and apparently BBD.
I have loved my rides on the Acela, its nice ride,and its America's first, "high speed train" (at least to the public and media). It looks fast and cool.................But apparently its too expensive or mx intensive even for even lowly regional work.