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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    They did let Hitachi buy AnsaldoBreda+STS (the only other company who would have brought it would have been CRRC, which was the catalyst for Alstom's failed merger with Siemens and now their acquisition of Bombardier). Hitachi has stated that the parts of Europe they desire to serve are the...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    One of the conditions of the acquisition was that Bombardier gives away their Zefiro (in this case specifically to Hitachi) and Talent designs (I see this going to Hitachi) to another company due to their overlap with the Avelia and Coradia+X'Trapolis designs respectively (as well as their...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Given that the Canadian bilevel orders are what's been keeping the Thunder Bay plant going, should Alstom get the design then that's basically it for them, and the residents at Thunder Bay are gonna fight tooth and nail to keep the plant up. Guess we can have the Canadian bilevel car design...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    They'll most likely get the NJT bilevel cars at the very least. Them getting the Canadian BiLevels is up to whether the Canadian antitrust authorities will let them have the Thunder Bay plant. Alstom has three manufacturing sites in Canada (Brampton, Sorel-Tracy and Ottawa). As they have...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    If they can build a new Cajon HSR line then Tejon should be easy
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    VIA Rail and bilevel cars

    40 years old, actually. But yeah they are desperately in need for a replacement. Maybe we can have Stadler make a new bilevel car design taking cues from the Caltrain KISS (for a comparison the budd hilevels that inspired the superliner are 4.7 m whilst the Caltrain KISS is 4.84 m) They only...
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    VIA Rail and bilevel cars

    They managed to fit an F40PH (4.76 m in height) judging by this picture (http://www.railpictures.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/AMT_808_08mars2013.jpg) but the Bombardier GO Bilevels are 4.85 m so I'm not too sure. Meanwhile the superliners are 4.93 m. They're gonna have to raise the roof of Gare...
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    Sorry if I necro this a bit but from California legislature may try to stop high speed rail contract | Trains Magazine https://missoulacurrent.com/business/2020/06/passenger-rail-authority/
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    So far, it's just been Hitachi and Stadler, though Siemens would very likely make an electro-diesel multiple unit variant of their Desiro and Mireo if they want to compete with Stadler. Stadler has done this the most but I'm not sure if Amtrak would want an articulated design for the Northeast...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    It's theoretically possible to have those freights run under the wire, as shown here (https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1BbF3QiAd-0/Ui9YbpGk-8I/AAAAAAAACC4/Skzmp1iCK5Q/s1600/container+clear+elec+lines.jpg). I take it it's those two road overpasses (Also they really shouldn't have had made DUS a...
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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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