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

    It is crystal clear that the non-revenue dining(table) cars are NOT remaining in the ODOT sets. They were already removed. That’s not an idea or a plan. It already happened. Crews with cranes already worked through the night with the cars flying through the air completing this. Sets will now...
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    Seat assignments (Acela pilot Feb 2018)

    Effort will be made to try to keep the Acela trainsets oriented the same with Car 1 on the South/West end closest to Washington and Car 6 on the North/East end closest to Boston ergo on an odd numbered train the first class *should* be at the front and on an even numbered train first class will...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Beech Grove really doesn‘t need to see them. They hopefully won’t need overhauling for awhile and when they do, who’s to say that Beech Grove will even be doing the work at this point. Chicago is the location that would need familiarization right away being the facility that would see them on a...
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Within the past couple days Mt. Jefferson returned to service. Previously the set consisted of: 7910-7562-[7560-7810]-7310-7700-7204-7701-7201-7704-7202-7707-7110 Now the set is: 7910–7707-7202-7704-7201-7701-7204-7700-7310-7562-7110 The end cars(cab and baggage) changed positions and cars 7560...
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Short-term looks like Horizon equipment, mid-term Series 8 Talgos, long-term likely new equipment. Discussing short to mid-term: It’s obviously beyond talk, proposal, and negotiation if the two ODOT sets are being altered and cars are being removed. It also took more than hope and a prayer for...
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Not sure if there is a misunderstanding in that correspondence like she thought you were asking and responded about short term COVID service recovery instead of long term service plans but it seems work is underway already reconfiguring the two current ODOT Series 8 sets. There are pictures and...
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    Viewliner II Status. Just the Facts.

    VII Diners: 68000 Albany: NY Sunnyside 68001 Annapolis: Hialeah 68002 Atlanta: Chicago 68003 Augusta: Hialeah(Stored) 68004 Baton Rouge: Hialeah 68005 Boston: Hialeah(Stored) 68006 Charleston: Hialeah 68007 Columbia: Hialeah 68008 Columbus: Washington DC 68009 Concord: 48(18JUL) 68010 Dover...
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    Seat assignments (Acela pilot Feb 2018)

    For future reference, booking, and seat selection: Power Car CAR 1: 1st Class Car CAR 2: Quiet Business Class Car CAR 3: Business Class Car CAR 4: Cafe Car CAR 6: Business Class Car CAR 6: Business Class Car Power Car “CAR #“ decals are being/have been applied both on the interiors and...
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    Seat assignments (Acela pilot Feb 2018)

    Not turned on yet, only going live five days prior. Quick launch if schedule is maintained.
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    Seat assignments (Acela pilot Feb 2018)

    ...August 3, 2020
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Total guess, but these turning a revenue wheel again seems very unlikely. Talk about a money pit between the onboard technician, the availability of spare parts, economy of scale for operating two of a kind unique equipment, the need to have a specialized maintenance facility, the political...
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    More so for burn in and getting initial hours of run time logged. Just like all the Midwest chargers went to TTCI for that reason as part of the delivery and acceptance process.
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    Phase V/Phase VI/Phase IVb days are said to be numbered. Weight has been put behind a new phase. Just have to wait for now.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Coupled up to an Amfleet this new Siemens car really helps show how much interior space was wasted and sacrificed to make the rounded airplane style body of an Amfleet. Two cars that are operating in the same clearances and the size difference is impressive. We‘ll take about 500 of these new...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    9024(CA Siemens coach) has been out testing. Video of it passing through NJ is out there. Consist was 642, three Amfleets, 9024, 626
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    William J. Flynn will become Amtrak’s next Chief Executive Officer and President on April 15, 2020.
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    Viewliner II Part 2: Dining Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    More like conversions from the current as delivered table service ‘diners’ to self service grab-n-go pay the attendant ‘market’ concepts. It’s certainly possible that this concept could be used in the amfleet replacement food service cars, and is said to be how the new Acela cafes will be, more...
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    Viewliner II Status. Just the Facts.

    VII Scorecard Bags: 61000-61042: In service 61043: Beech Grove(wreck damage) 61044-61069: In service Sleepers: 62500: CAF 62501: CAF 62502: Hialeah 62503: Hialeah 62504: Hialeah 62505: Hialeah 62506: CAF 62507: CAF 62508: CAF 62509: CAF 62510: CAF 62511: CAF 62512: CAF 62513: CAF 62514: CAF...
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    Share a Coke with...Amtrak

    ACS-64 #606 has been wrapped, and will be through the holiday season, sporting a big polar bear and “Share the Magic on Amtrak” - launching the new contract with Coke.
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    Viewliner II Part 3: Bag/Dorm Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Deploying soon to crescents, and then cardinals.
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