These are Last Choice Cars for Longer Distance Trains, especially in the Winter where they don't do well!Possibly several of those Horizons can be used to equip the TCMC train.
Much more clear breakdown of whats coming back into serviceThe 15 wrecked cars being rebuilt include one Amfleet II coach, two Viewliner II baggage cars, and 12 Superliners, as follows: 1 coach, 2 baggage coaches, 3 sleepers, 3 transition sleepers, 1 dining car, and 2 Sightseer lounges. Of the 23 Superliners returning to service, one is a coach, two are baggage coaches, two are snack coaches, three are sleepers, nine are transition sleepers, one is a dining car, and five are sightseer lounges. The remaining 40 include two Amfleet I table cars, one Amfleet II coach, 18 Horizon coaches, eight Viewliner I sleeping cars, six Viewliner II baggage cars, and five Viewliner II dining cars.
Sounds like some of the shrunken eastern trains will be getting their diners back.In Effort to Resolve Equipment Shortages, Amtrak to Rebuild 63 Cars
Much clear breakdown of whats coming back into service
One of the single levels … the Crescent will get its Diner back. I am not sure what the one additional Superliner Diner will do other than beef up reserves. Lots of SSLs returning though.Sounds like some of the shrunken eastern trains will be getting their diners back.
The Sightseer doesn’t seem likely. These announced car overhauls are budgeted for the upcoming FY2024 which begins October 1. As Chestler told Jim Mathews you’re likely talking summer at earliest for any of this equipment to make much of an operational difference (meaning the addition of a car line to a train.) another thing to keep in mind is two other factors remain that affect operational availability of cars beyond Beech Grove activity. One is bad order shop counts which continues to be plagued by supply chain issues and staffing issues at some shops like Chicago. And long distance cars like sleepers and diners have additional equipment that can go bad which again supply chain effects. Another factor unique to the superliner fleet that is the subject of another thread is the continued requirement to operate Superliners on the Illini/Saluki service (Chicago - Carbondale) which is a more recent development that started during or just before COVID. And not only do Superliners have to be used there’s an axle count requirement which means empty superliner cars beyond the couple you need for the actual service. To really get back to pre pandemic capacity out west that’s got to be dealt with one way or the other and those cars freed up.How soon would these go into service, you think?
I heard a rumor elsewhere that sometime mid-Oct the TX might get proper dining back - I would think that could be in conjunction with a SSL
Just saw the coast starlight today. Looks like they have taken off a sleeper for the fall.Fall consist change this week - observed for superliner trains:
- Capitol Limited + a sleeper
- California Zephyr - *40 transition sleeper
- Southwest Chief - 1 regular sleeper replaced with a transition sleeper
I hope the Crescent gets its diner back.