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  1. Chris I

    The Biden Campaign Train is back in the news

    I guess I'm confused by the complaint noted in the article? They paid $265,000 for this charter, and gave Amtrak millions in free publicity. How is this a problem?
  2. Chris I

    Questions about Empire Builder trip

    Lived in Portland my entire life, and taken Cascades between Portland and Seattle, staying in downtown dozens of times, even with little kids. I've never felt "unsafe" in either city. Are there some homeless people? Sure. Everyone has different thresholds, so I get it. Taking the free bus...
  3. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    And the Talgo VIII have automatic doors?
  4. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Conventional equipment takes about 25 minutes longer on this corridor. Pretty significant when the run time is 3:30 on the Talgo. 4 hour run time is not competitive with alternatives on the corridor (Bolt Bus, Flying with public transit to/from the airport on both ends).
  5. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    From recent videos posted on YouTube, it looks like they've been using a 10-car Talgo consist the past few days. Hard to say, though. We know the Horizons are here now.
  6. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    This is my point. WSDOT knows nothing about train service, which is why I'm not shocked that they would think standard equipment would be equivalent on this route. This is just another mistake in the series of mistakes they've made here, and ridership will suffer. Moving to the Bypass route...
  7. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    I never said 110 was possible on the corridor. Not sure why that was brought up at all (must have been somehow who doesn't know the route). I still have yet to see any information on the Horizons running at the same speeds, aside from comments on this forum. We do have hard data from the past...
  8. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Have you ridden the Cascades route? The passenger comfort issues with running conventional equipment through curves at high-speeds are well-documented, which is why tilting trains are used on routes like this all over the world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilting_train
  9. Chris I

    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    The ADA issue is the biggest one, IMO. It really isn't fair to tell anyone with mobility issues that they can't move about the train at all. Additionally, as Americans get wider and wider, those narrow stairways could be problematic. If we, as a country, actually value the long-distance...
  10. Chris I

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    There are benefits and drawbacks to both approaches. There are definitely maintenance and operational benefits to having a unified fleet, and you can negotiate lower unit prices when making large orders. However, it can be risky to put all your eggs in one basket. If this new unified fleet...
  11. Chris I

    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    Why would we want bi-level cars? Platform length isn't an issue on a single-level, so train length could be increased. After experiencing the bouncy metal coffin that is the upper-berth on a Roomette, I'd much rather have something like the OBB Nightjet trains from Siemens...
  12. Chris I

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    As a passenger, I want coupled trainsets, due to the many benefits for riders.
  13. Chris I

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    And in the NW, and in California. We've been using fixed trainsets for Cascades since the late 90s. It's time to catch up with the rest of the world.
  14. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    And I've been on Talgo VI trips that were just slightly over 3:00 on the corridor. We got lucky with no freight delays, and a light passenger load made for shorter stops. I would be surprised if standard equipment could make this time and keep the passengers comfortable. The Talgos sit lower...
  15. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    I agree, but it's time to make some tough choices. Ridership south of Portland has always been dismal. With University of Oregon going online this year, I think it is going to continue to stay very low. Using a 2 carriage Horizon trainset would probably serve the line. It's too bad we don't...
  16. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    I hope that they can make the Wisconsin cars work in the mid-term future. 5 Talgo sets would at least allow them to operate the pre-Covid schedules. If the Bypass is used and schedule/reliability improve as expected, I think an adjustment of the schedule could be done to add 2 more round trips...
  17. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    The operator applied the brakes just before the curve, and they estimate that it was going 60mph when it hit the curve. See my other link above where it talks about cant deficiency. 60mph on that curve is absolutely possible for a light train with low center of gravity. I read the NTSB...
  18. Chris I

    Is Portland, OR Safe?

    The article is accurate, but keep in mind that while we aren't a "big" city, we are still a city. The clashes are occurring in one specific area. Unless you are in that area between 10pm and 6am, you aren't going to have problems. 99% of the city is going about their normal (well, at least...
  19. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    It goes back much longer than 3 years, and keep in mind that the Talgos still have a big, heavy engine up front, and a FRA-compliant cabbage car on the back. Cascades trains have had encounters with vehicles at grade crossings, and have never had a death because of it. More info on the NTSB...
  20. Chris I

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    WSDOT made the decision to upgrade a stretch of track to 80mph, but keep the 30mph bridge. That's placing a lot on Amtrak and their engineers for the southbound runs. It was one of the holes in the swiss cheese that lined up on that day.
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