Lead Service Attendant
- Jan 23, 2019
As for the Stadler bi level cars, there are some differences between it and the Superliners, along with Siemens Viaggio Twin. The Stadler cars are ~2 feet taller than a Superliner and ~4 feet longer than a Superliner. From the diagrams on the brochure, the Stadler cars look like they are two single level cars stacked on top of each other whereas the Superliners have a low floor section. The Viaggio Twin is basically a multilevel car that is as tall as a Santa Fe Hi Level car and ~19 inches longer. As for which one of the two could be adapted into a Superliner compatible variant, that's up to the bidding process and engineers to hash out. But they would likely be the favorites to build more Superliner compatible equipment unless Alstom modernizes the designs they've accumulated over the years. And with Alstom that seems like a big if. They seem to have gone entirely into the direction of EMUs if you look at their products and services section on their website. Given that the rail manufacturing industry is consolidating into a handful of competent and reputable companies, I see Stadler and Siemens being the ones to stick around since they have a diverse number of products, the ability to adapt their designs and will make "custom designs" when needed. I do think spreading the orders between multiple companies would be a good thing just to prevent Siemens from becoming a monopoly and whomever survives just being the company that picks up the scraps that Siemens doesn't have the capacity for. But this would require the federal government have 1 design for single level cars, multilevel cars and bilevel cars and require that these designs for any train order that is buying individual cars with federal money use 1 of the three basic designs. And have the designs be licensed to whatever manufacture wins the various contracts. But a healthy industry that lacks a monopoly is going to require a consistent stream of federal money going into the rail industry instead of doing things in fits and starts every other decade.