Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:03 pm
There is a report at another site not known for its fact checking, that the V-II Bag Dorm being delivered is the final Dorm. Last report I noted said five were on the property, so this latest delivery will make six.
The order was for ten cars. What happened to the other four?
My guess for their assigment when all are accepted remains The Cardinal and the Silver Star.
Knowing how government-style procurement works (Amtrak sometimes pretends to act like they're the government), any change to the order number would require a contract modification. One such modification already occurred reducing the bag-dorm order to 10. A contract modification also gives the vendor a chance to renegotiate pricing and make up for cost overrruns. "Oh you want to change the order to 6 baggage cars?" "That'll be an extra few million."
I don't see Amtrak doing that at this phase. CAF has them over a barrel. They may have deprioritized the bag dorms and asked for them to be delivered at the end of the run, after the sleepers.
As an aside, a chatter on another forum said that Amtrak was so unhappy with the V2 diners that they were trying to sell them off quickly. While I agree that they may have too many diners for the new dining service, I doubt that they're selling them off. Who would buy them? And aren't they somewhat modular so they can be reconfigured? I believe the chatter wasn't talking from his pie hole.