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  by Pensyfan19
 
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... hes-arrive

I think the seven coaches might he rebuilt Pullman coaches based on the picture, but just making sure. Trains.com said they were new so they might be a new design based on the Pullman bilevel, which is why I am bringing this article hers to double check.
  by chrisf
 
Pensyfan19 wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:09 pm http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... hes-arrive

I think the seven coaches might he rebuilt Pullman coaches based on the picture, but just making sure. Trains.com said they were new so they might be a new design based on the Pullman bilevel, which is why I am bringing this article hers to double check.
They are new coaches. https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsr ... rs-engines
  by Pensyfan19
 
I think they are extras from Nippon Shario. Quoted from the comments section of the trains.com article:
They were part of a base order VRE purchased from Nippon Sharyo back in 2012. The cars were built but never used. Metra was supposed to get these cars last year but there were delays.

From PRNewswire:

On February 15, 2012, Sumitomo Corporation of America in conjunction with its car builder partner Nippon Sharyo, received a contract award from Virginia Railway Express (VRE) for 50 Gallery-type Bi-level Passenger Cars. The base order is to supply 8 cars at a contract price of $21 million and is scheduled to be delivered in 2014. This contract includes an option for VRE to purchase up to an additional 42 cars. If the option is exercised, the total contract would amount to $119 million. VRE will use the cars procured through this contract to update its fleet by replacing some of their older cars and adding more cars to handle their increase in ridership.
  by Tadman
 
That's my understanding as well.