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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    What exactly do the freight railroads demand concerning Denver RTD. Also the reason they went for electric was for environmental reasons. This is the case with the BNSF Southern Transcon and the UPRR Sunset Route within SoCal (it's why the latter doesn't want any more Amtrak trains running on...
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    George R.R. Martin buys abandoned Santa Fe tracks in New Mexico

    https://www.businessinsider.com/game-of-thrones-george-rr-martin-buys-santa-fe-railroad-2020-5
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Whatever improvements/changes are made to the tracks they own, the freight railroads want the expenses to be beared on the state and/or Amtrak. For whatever reason, they don't want to bear any of the expenses. The Viewliner IIs are intended for the East Coast. Also, Amtrak is likely never...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Sometimes (and more often than not), the freight railroads simply can't let Amtrak run any additional trains without interfering with its own schedule, and that's where building new tracks is gonna be the best option for increased frequencies. Amtrak can build something akin to Germany's...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    The Shinkansen that Texas Central is ordering certainly is going to have to be made ADA-compliant (I wonder if the Shinkansen by itself is ADA-compliant, though I would suspect it would need some changes anyway). If California HSR does go for wider trains then that would be a good move (though I...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    It's easier to do it out west (where freight trains truly rule). As for a constant order of 50 cars and 10 locomotives a year for the next 10 years, that would require higher frequencies (and new routes) to justify such a purchase, and that, in turn, would require either negotiating with the...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    This is more of a general discussion than Amtrak-specific. The average width of an American passenger train is 10 ft 6 inches (3.20 m). There are some wider trains like the MPXpress (10 ft 7.5 inches or 3.238 m) that have been encountered on the NEC (high-level platforms). The AAR Plate E...
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    Siemens Venture Coaches: What Purpose Will They Serve?

    There's the FLIRT and the Hitachi Azuma (just widen and lengthen it) for an electro-diesel (or electro-battery) multiple unit that Amtrak can use (they even talked about it). The reason I brought that up is because south of DC, west of Harrisburg, and north of New Haven to Springfield, the...
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    Siemens Venture Coaches: What Purpose Will They Serve?

    Seems they should just focus on Mexico and Brazil then.
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    Siemens Venture Coaches: What Purpose Will They Serve?

    Heard the Viewliner IIs are still being built so it appears the backorder hasn't finished yet. Was CAF not a good choice or something?
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    Siemens Venture Coaches: What Purpose Will They Serve?

    Alstom manufactured the Surfliner cars after inheriting the California Car design (a derivative of the Superliner) from Morrison-Knudsen (note that their US plant was previously used by Morrison-Knudsen) As for Bombardier selling their designs to Alstom, Alstom has designs that are redundant...
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    Electro-battery trains for the MTA (Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad)

    I'm talking about costs, and new rolling stock is a lot cheaper than electrifying non-electrified tracks, and with the difficulty of electrifying non-electrified tracks (not just costs but also the freight railroads exercising a lot of power, even on tracks they don't own, because double-stacks...
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    Electro-battery trains for the MTA (Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad)

    It would cost more to electrify non-electrified tracks when compared to buying new rolling stock. Also, let's be honest, east of Jamaica, they should replace third rail with 25 kV 60 Hz AC overhead wires but that would require having the M7As, M3As and M9s to run on overhead wires.
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    Electro-battery trains for the MTA (Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad)

    For non-electrified operations, Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad use electro-diesel locomotives hauling coaches. Instead of having a heavy locomotive hauling coaches, both railroads can invest in buying dual-mode EMUs (using a battery in place of diesel), which are lighter, quieter...
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    MARC Fleet Dynamic

    The SC44's height is 12 ft 6 in (14 ft 4 in with roof shroud), which is shorter than the ALP-45DP, which is 14 ft 5.5 inches and does run to New York Penn Station. But the SC-44 would be prohibited from running into Penn Station anyways because it's diesel only and Penn Station prohibits...
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    San Bernardino Line electrification

    Somewhat related to the LOSSAN Corridor rebuild idea that I posted, the San Bernardino line is the only other line that is most likely to be electrified (and pretty much the first to be electrified if Metrolink plans on electrification). In tandem with the Foothill Extension, Metrolink can start...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    There's nothing wrong with them (other than seemingly lacking steps for low platforms, which is the standard outside of the NEC due to the freight railroads). What happened with Nippon Sharyo's order was that redesigning it would delay the project by at least two years and thus place the...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The bilevels were to be the CALIDOT cars but Nippon Sharyo done goofed so we get the Viaggio cars from Siemens, and let's be honest we need a completely new bilevel car design
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    A little food for thought: The CAF plant in Elmira was formerly used by Sumirail (Sumitomo Rail) (1986-1989), ABB and later ADTranz (early 1990s-2000). After ADTranz completed their final order for SEPTA's Market-Frankford line, with no new work on the horizon, they were going to close it down...
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