They don't need to do anything in Red States to build relationship with Amtrak. Any one that knows anything about Amtrak management ought to know at least thatPolitics; they need to build a long term relationship with Amtrak, especially if they want to go after Superliner replacements too.
You won't like VIA's latest corridor seating then.One thing I hope any new Amfleet replacement doesn't employ, would be 50/50 half facing forward fixed seating...I hate to ride a train facing backwards...or to be facing a stranger, or to have my backrest against another, restricting my recline ability, etc....
While all previous versions featured rotating seats, the latest VIA refurb follows the Euro model of permanently-fixed seats - half facing each way.They make seats that rotate; it does add a little time & labor (not nearlyas much as turning an entiretrain), but normally it only needs to be done at each terminus. Certainly premium seating will be turned to face the direction of travel outside seats facing around a table. Does VIA rotate Business Class seats; I've only traveled economy?
It’s nothing more than a feeling, but I have a feeling that there will be no Superliner replacement, not directly.A second point is whom would even want to take on a Superliner replacement RFP. Alstom, depending on how they absorb Bombardier would be a good contender considering Bombardier built the Superliner 2s and Alstom built the Second Generation of California Cars. Stadler has built a good product for the Rocky Mountaineer, CalTrain picked them for their EMUs and the diesel FLIRTs in Fort Worth are doing well. So Stadler despite its small US footprint is holding its own. And then there is CAF which could still conceivably bid on the Superliners, assuming Amtrak doesn't blacklist them the second the last Viewliners roll off the factory floor.
I doubt Congress would allow Amtrak do do that considering their stance towards Amtrak has been stasis + a gimmick. I would expect a 1 to 1 replacement plus some amount of cars for slack capacity. Amtrak’s leadership might have an unfriendly opinion towards the long distance trains, but Congress understands well enough that they are a vital service. And the Superliners can and do carry more people than the Viewliners do.It’s nothing more than a feeling, but I have a feeling that there will be no Superliner replacement, not directly.
I see them replacing about half the Superliner routes with single level equipment to match what they order in the east. For the other half of the Superliner routes, I see them pooling the existing Superliner equipment and completely rehabbing them. With a bigger equipment pool, they’ll be able ultimately to run a more premium train than what they run on the single levels. It’ll be that “Experiential” thing that Anderson talked about.
They are essentially the next generation of Budd stainless steel railcars, and examples of those soldier on for VIA Rail, tourist railroads and in private service. Our last 2 trips on VIA have involved travel on refurbished Budd cars. Once on-board, their HEP-2's in corridor service can really only be separated from newer models by height and door design. New seats, new lighting and proper HVAC make a world of difference. Our last trip in a Budd sleeper featured a car one year out-of-the-shop with the new-look interior. (Room layout, of course, remained the same.) I just wonder if new funding would be available for Amtrak if they were doing rehabs on existing rolling stock.There has been a lot of mileage put in the superliner cars. If they could replace the old hvac system with an entirely new set up and gutted the interior and replaced it with the seats and beds used in the viewliner 2 sleepers than you could get another 20 years or so out of the superliners. I don’t know if the car bodies could last that long. I assume they could build replacement trucks to keep those up to maintenance standards.
I'm going out on a limb to guess he means 4 tiers of trains, possibly Super-Express non-stop on Acela, limited stops on Acela, Northeast Regional with some stops and milk runs. This would mirror some prior service models and ones that many European corridors use.4 service tiers? Economy, Business, First, and what else? Day compartments? Or Sub-economy with commuter seating?
They are going to be scrapped. Most of them are leased and there is no plan to renew the lease. That is why this hurry in getting the Acela 21s deployed in time.This is a semi-unrelated question, that may have been answered elsewhere, but what is happening to the current Acela fleet? They're still functional electric trains (or at least not relics) and were refurbished in recent memory. Could they not fill NER roles north of WAS or maybe Keystone Service? Is it an assumption that since locomotive-hauled trains fill those roles now it has to continue?
You may be right, but that depends on what they order as sleeper replacements for Superliners.The Auto-Train isn't going to go single level; it already has deluxe Superliners (all bedroom upstairs) and it would certainly be first in line for any experiential upgrades.