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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Would using diesel--catenary Charger locomotives with the new Venture coaches likely be cheaper to operate than running Venture coaches and switching locomotives?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Will Amtrak use Venture Coaches for The Springfield Shuttle?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    What two 90 minutes time period are those? like 7:30 until 9 AM? Also, if Amtrak does order 70 trainsets of 7 cars each, wouldn't that mean that the Empire and Kesystone trains receive cafe-cars?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Can you please share the document where you got this information? So, I seem to think based on reading this information, that Keystone and Empire trains will be lengthened to seven Coaches from 5 cars. Will the 8 sets of six Coaches go the Downeaster?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Does that 7 car set include the proposed cab car or are you saying 7 car set in addition to a cab car? And would the Empire and Keystone trains also be 7 cars long? I assume the acquired locomotives you are referring to are dual-mode locomotives?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    This is great news! But, does anyone think that studying a new alignment into a different part of Manhattan--instead of building new tunnels into Penn Station--would have been better than Gateway? If so, where would these tunnels be built to?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    But for Regional trains, Amtrak want to eliminate the engine change (just like how NJ Transit trains can operate without an engine change on certain trains that operate from Manhattan to Bay Head).
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Also, the new Venture coaches will have wider doors thus reducing station dwell time in busy terminals, such as WAS and NYC.
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    If Amtrak chooses Alstom instead of Siemens, than Alstom would have to come up with a bi-mode train that can meet Amtrak's technical specifications.
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    This way, Amtrak can still use the older Sprinter locomotives even if they order new locomotives.
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Suppose that Amtrak does, in fact, use dual-mode Chargers for Regionals that operate into Virginia and Pittsburgh, etc. Would it make sense for Amtrak to also use a Sprinter locomotive--for a total of two locomotives-- while in electric territory to add horsepower?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Ok, but what for future Regional trains that operate off the NEC?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Ok, but I thought that Amtrak wanted to operate trains that did not require a locomotive change.
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    I wonder if Amtrak's Northeast Regional trains will use diesel Charger locomotives or dual-mode.
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Or a Sprinter with a dual-mode Charger?
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