Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

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jis

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Does anyone out west know if there are still cars being shipped from Sacramento to Chicago?
The only shipments out of Sacramento that we have heard about recently are those to VIA and the ones going to Brightline soon, as soon as they have tracks ready to move them to the brand spanking new maintenance center at Orlando International Airport.

In my experience at least, I never managed to get any heads up about any deliveries to California or Illinois until the cars were actually moving and someone caught them on camera en route. It is very hush hush thing somehow. For VIA and Brightline I usually hear when they are leaving Sacramento, the rough routing and which railroad is handling them.
 

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The only shipments out of Sacramento that we have heard about recently are those to VIA and the ones going to Brightline soon, as soon as they have tracks ready to move them to the brand spanking new maintenance center at Orlando International Airport.

In my experience at least, I never managed to get any heads up about any deliveries to California or Illinois until the cars were actually moving and someone caught them on camera en route. It is very hush hush thing somehow. For VIA and Brightline I usually hear when they are leaving Sacramento, the rough routing and which railroad is handling them.
Didn't even realize that VIA was already receiving cars, impressive.

Thanks for the info
 

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There were a bunch of these cars parked in union station by the platforms for what would be tracks 30 and
 

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Every single seat on my Wolverine train to CHI was full today. They really need more capacity big time on this line. And I know the lounge cars won’t be ready when they finally deploy the new Siemens cars, but I will say the Amfleet BC/lounge I rode today was pretty decently refreshed.
 

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Every single seat on my Wolverine train to CHI was full today. They really need more capacity big time on this line. And I know the lounge cars won’t be ready when they finally deploy the new Siemens cars, but I will say the Amfleet BC/lounge I rode today was pretty decently refreshed.
Out of curiosity, do you know how many cars your train had? Wondering how the consist compares to pre-pandemic norms.
 

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When I took the wolverine on Thursday, the train didn't appear and different than pre-pandemic average... Although I didn't count the cars.
 

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Are efforts underway to remedy the leaded water problem in the Midwest and California Venture cars that is delaying them from entering service? How long would a remedy for the problem take? I saw on a reddit post that IDOT said that they hope to have the cars in revenue service in 2022.
 

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I am certain efforts are underway. I would expect this involves Siemens finding a new supplier, getting samples from the new supplier, testing the new samples, checking up on the reputation of the new supplier, signing a contract with the new supplier, testing everything they get from the new supplier, and also suing the old supplier. It can take... time.
 

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Also given the bottleneck at some ports, I can imagine that getting new supplies is going to take time. If they went with a Chinese supplier the first time, I doubt they would shift to one in the US or Canada or maybe even Mexico. While saving a few hundred dollars on something worth $3 million isn't a big deal to us, it is to them.
 

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