gaspeamtrak wrote:Caf seems to have got the "Caledonian Sleeper order right???This is my understanding. 75 cars, a mixture of lounge, seated coach, and sleeper. Delayed from November '18 to May '19, so six months. That said, there have been test trains in the UK since late last year running around, and further deliveries of stock are occurring. It's not been a black hole to say the least. And Serco/CS have been spreading the word via social media about the arrivals and delays, it's all been a fairly public affair. No finger pointing, just continual updates about the status of the order.
These cars were ordered about two years ago roughly ?
There are 4 sets of equipment.Two for the "Highland Sleeper" and two for the "Lowland Sleeper. 16 cars each is the max length for "Euston Station " in London.
16 cars x 4 = 64 cars + 11 spares.
Each train consist of 12 sleepers, 2 coaches and two lounges.
They were supposed two come out in the fall of 2018 roughly but are delayed till about May 2019 I think ?
Not to shabby???
I did a round trip to Aberdeen two years ago and enjoyed it. The MKIII sleepers are from 1975, about Amfleet age. The MkII coaches are from 1965, so a bit older. They were all in decent shape - no rattles or equipment problems. The accommodations were very tight in sleeper as the Brit clearances are much tighter, like that of a US subway system. The compartments had two beds transverse like an Amtrak bedroom but did not fold out to a couch/chairs, it was beds all day. Recently a lineup of the worst performers was sent to the scrappers in anticipation of the new cars entering service.