It will also run tonight and next week in the NED, After that, they should return to the factory and something else should come out. So, check back in 10 days or so,
A hippo? What is that in train terms? I've never heard it before.
Hippo is the nick name given to the HHP-8s by some railfans.A hippo? What is that in train terms? I've never heard it before.
True, but I think the point to this is that Amtrak is searching for as many ways to maximize revenue as possible. Like most people, I'm not wild about the idea of charging for baggage either, but if Amtrak enforced carry-on limits, this could produce revenue.As for charging for bags, the airlines are affected a lot more by the weight of excess baggage, as in fuel burn, and even sometimes having to takeoff with empty seats, due to weight restrictions for hot weather, high elevation airport's, or short runways....Amtrak is not affected in that way, other then perhaps a miniscule increase in fuel
Hike the fares.What if the choice was between across-the-board fare hikes or 'enhanced' (in the
lies, err... parlance of the new "nimble, customer oriented" Amtrak) baggage fees?
Well, there will be enough coaches once the new bilevels arrive in the Midwest and California, which will free up the entire Horizon fleet (and all the Amfleets used in the Midwest and California) for transfer to the NEC. So no loss of capacity if they wait until then.Those Metroliner cabs are 40+ years old. Amtrak hasn't announced any replacements for them as of yet though. Maybe the intend to turn the AEM-7s into cabs? That would result in a loss of capacity on every train that uses a cab though.
Well, so then Amtrak should do that. There's gonna be 93 of them and nothing much else to do with them.... it has to be a lot cheaper than building cars new...
Trust me, that can be achieved way before anyone sees any Acela II arriving.
According to On Track-On Line, there are 77 Horizon coach cars. There is a 78th coach car, #54000, but it is not listed as ADA compliant or having the same number of seats as the other coach car, so it is likely not used in revenue service. The rest of Horizons are cafe cars, 3 of which are leased to CA for their refurbed Comet consists. Amtrak still has a surplus of Amfleet I cafe cars, so the Horizon cafe cars might get set aside and only used for extra space on crush holiday periods.So, when we get into these side discussions of what will Amtrak do with the Horizons, the focus should be on the 77 remaining coach cars. But the fate of the Horizons have little to do with the Viewliner 2 order. It is the corridor bi-levels that will replace and free up the Horizons.Well, so then Amtrak should do that. There's gonna be 93 of them and nothing much else to do with them.... it has to be a lot cheaper than building cars new...
yup and provide ladders so that people can get on and off the train at all those low level platform stations too. Another one of those AU solutions looking for a problem I see. Why not do something which will cost way more for no significant additional value. Ah yes those large windows of course. :lol:
If the Horizons get overhauled, I expect all of them will, including #54000 (the seating retrofit is relatively easy work; this is just a straggler like the last non-push-pull Amfleet was).According to On Track-On Line, there are 77 Horizon coach cars. There is a 78th coach car, #54000, but it is not listed as ADA compliant or having the same number of seats as the other coach car,