That's a good point, there was a Youtuber who recently released a video claiming insider knowledge of a big Siemens equipment order Amtrak had placed. His source was that he had talked to 'someone at Amtrak media relations'. Most of the order was to replace the single level fleet.Something to do with new equipment order, full funding or deployment.
Sort of, they announced (not considering the one, uncredited youtuber leak I mentioned earlier) the Siemens is the preffered bidder, but not that they had won any bids.Amtrak has already confirmed Siemens for new corridor equipment, right?
Seeing the Amfleet made me think equipment related announcement, but at this point all that is left are long distance. I’m too cynical to believe that’s the case.
But cyber Monday is after the weekend. And don’t we all buy our tickets online?It's odd to me that they would drop this on the weekend after a major holiday. That suggests to me that it is more leisure focused than business focused. Going by the picture, I am going to say that the announcement will be the restoration of traditional dining to eastern US trains.
But their stunt is working. They have us all talking about it.
A man after my own heart.Bringing back smoking on the train?
Cafe car will now accept food stamps, in order to further bolster equity on the rails?
Partnership with Greyhound?
Troublemakers will be forced to do community service by cleaning Amfleet plumbing systems?
Catering and dining car services will be contracted out to VIA Rail?
All sleeper rooms will have individual cooling/heating units?
Trump will be named CEO?
Anybody’s guess is just as good as the next.
There's a widespread belief in some places that all that's needed to increase the ridership and relevance of passenger rail are more luxuries and perks. Personally, I'd like to see more of:It might be “brightline has bought us. All cars will now be First Class. Free champagne for all adults. For all children, free coloring books with pictures of Amtrak rolling stock and free crayons to color the equipment with nice brightline neon colors. And really good free cookies for everyone.”
I always wondered if Richard Anderson ever rode a long distance train for an overnight and ever had the flex food he enthusiastically proclaimed as the new improved dining experience? My guess is no and no.We’ll that’d be a death sentence with all the sodium! Or is that your plan….
Man I hope you're right.I suspect there are two major possibilities:
1. something to do with new equipment order, full funding or deployment.
2. Something to do with food service.
But of course we will know in a few days, won't we?
I heartily agree with absolutely everything you say here. I was just being goofy and having some fun with the brightline comments —everything you mention here is much more important than luxury perks.There's a widespread belief in some places that all that's needed to increase the ridership and relevance of passenger rail are more luxuries and perks. Personally, I'd like to see more of:
More trains that operate at convenient schedules and competitive speeds with consistently good timekeeping. (i.e., they run on schedule)
Trains in tip-top mechanical condition so that the trip is not rudely interrupted by equipment failure
Staff who are efficient and helpful (most staff are already, but there are some big exceptions.)
Seating and accommodations that are reasonably comfortable. (Someone needs to replace those hard prison mattresses currently installed in the Viewliner I upper level berths.)
Consistently clean restrooms.
Trains that run on time. (I think I already said that, but it bears repeating.)
Safe operations (derailments and crashes, in addition to putting us at risk for personal harm, also mess up the timekeeping.)
While the food service could definitely be improved, it's really not necessary for me to have 5-star gourmet food as part of a 5 - 45 hour train trip. I can get that at a 5-star restaurant at my destination.