east point wrote: ↑Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:05 pm
Married pairs ? There has always been the problem when one gets damaged beyond repair. Have no idea what MNRR and LIRR do when that happens ? However since the cars are all identical not much problem to link to another cars with such damage. With these married pairs being different configurations there may be problems when the odd ball unit does not have a planned mate to connect to ?.
There's been a lot of opposition on here to married pairs, and I think it might actually be an interesting solution. If Amtrak is indeed ordering such, it's a bit of a validation of my position.
That said, it's important to remember what a married pair is: Two cars, coupled by a device like a drawbar, that can't easily be uncoupled in the field. Shop forces can and do uncouple them. They're not actually permanently stuck together. If two pair come in for service, and they match, you could theoretically make a cut between both and match the cars that are still good.