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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    In the plan Amtrak speaks to the maintenance question. The plan is to have more modular components. They also plan to have a TSSSA (Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement) as part of the procurement. The agreement, “would provide for stiff penalties unless a material reduction in en route...
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    I don't have a copy of it, but BNSF has issued a "general track bulletin" (recent orders not printed in a timetable) that permits Amtrak Cascades trains operating with Horizon/Amfleet equipment can observe posted Talgo speeds and operate with PTC in Tilt train mode. Maybe an Amtrak/BNSF insider...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Oh, I have absolutely no problem with states requesting their equipment be painted in custom liveries. In fact, I think it's a good thing, especially since Amtrak is no longer financially contributing to these services. A unique brand makes it clear that the state-supported services are...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Exactly, this isn't about paint, it's about having strong and consistent branding.
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    I have been on the Cascades several times. 110 is not possible. However, Amtrak, WSDOT, and BNSF think there are no safety issues with allowing the Horizon trainsets to travel at the exact same speeds as the Talgo trainsets. That pokes a bunch of holes in the arguments for the *need* to have...
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    Virgin Trains USA Orlando Extension

    I thought the article was a fascinating read. Really hope that Brightline is a model for other passenger rail corridors in the years to come.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    We're America -- we are "exceptional" -- and we don't like to learn from the experience of other countries. We insist on learning everything for ourselves. 😏 🤣
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    Personally, I really like this livery. It's a nice blend of the "pointless arrow" and the Acela blue. These things are always subjective, and no livery will make everyone happy. According to the press release, five locomotives will be painted in this livery, one will be painted in a special...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Photos of the Amtrak Midwest Siemens Venture trainsets from IDOT: The livery looks awesome in my opinion (even with the big red stripe). The sides look like grey vinyl, not stainless. One other minor complaint -- they put the digital destination display signs in the window closest to an...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Again -- if taxpayers are going to spend a million bucks on railway equipment, shouldn't they look a million bucks? (Actually, in this case, 371 million bucks.) Branding matters. To sell it, you need a train that's both attractive and comfortable.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Also, Metra is doing that intentionally. These state services are supposed to be intentionally buying railcars with liveries that match their locomotives. Not sure who dropped the ball here.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    This made me laugh out loud. But seriously, Amtrak has wash racks at several locations other than Chicago, including Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle... so most of the western LD trains could be washed every three days. They just need the time to do it (trains can't be hours late) and someone...
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    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    This is Amtrak we are talking about. 😏
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Also, semi-permanently coupled doesn't mean permanently fixed. Siemens says the semi-permanently coupled train cars take two people about 35 minutes to couple/uncouple. It's not something you'd want to do every day... but it's a lot faster than the Talgos or the Alstom Acela trainsets which...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Agreed. Those skirts are a much better look... but my guess is that they come at an additional cost. The first coat of paint (or vinyl decals) should be included in the cost of these cars... so to go back to my quote, "It doesn’t cost any more to design a railway vehicle ... that is...
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