Despite the naysayers, I fully stand by my statement:I thought that was the main reason and a serious possibility after it was recommended by the USPS Attorney General if I remember right, but I never heard that anything came of it. Did Amtrak actually secure any mail contracts?
Not every mail contract needs to be centered in a city or have a facility in specific area. There are plenty of things that are capable of being delivered, particularly between certain remote city pairs, where trucking isn't cost effective. You can take it for what it is worth.It also had to do with mail contracts, some of which came to fruition, some didn't.
The new cars do not have really climate control. They only have a roof vents to help in hot temperatures.Also no climate control.
The modified mail cars were good for 110 the NEC but as Amt706 mentioned, most railroads placed a 60mph restriction on them. You may not recall it or maybe the track speed was already low on your route so you didn't notice it. However, it existed. As part of the CAF order, you received a car that is capable of 125mph operation and is new.So the constraints are gangways, climate control and speed restrictions, but...
1. Gangways could be added, but I figure the box car would have to go through additional design and testing because of the requirement of humans being in the car when the train is moving, correct? Of course, to eliminate this requirement (and also save time and money), no gangways.
2. Climate control... we have all see freight box cars that have climate control (refrigeration) (and Amtrak's own Express Trak Refrigerated Box Cars).
3. Speed restriction? I don't recall the train going slower (on Sunset Limited / Texas Eagle, my home train) when the Mail and Express cars were being used.
Just curious why Amtrak just didn't go with something similar to the old Mail and Express cars. I don't remember there being any huge delay concerning deliver of the old Mail and Express cars, or even the current version of the Amtrak Auto Carriers.
Not really true. The Portland section has a Coach-Bag, but not a full baggage car.But the Empire Builder has only one baggage car for its two sections. So????
Did not say Amtrak never had a combine in single level service. They "inherited" many from the railroads and ran many, especially in the early years. I do not know how many were HEP'd when they created the HEP Heritage fleet. What I said was that Amtrak never had an Amfleet or Viewliner version of a combine. Which is true. They did not see fit to order any new ones in the Amfleet or Viewliner I orders.Well I wouldn’t say Amtrak never had a combine in single level service. As I seam to recall seeing a few ex Amtrak combines over the years. I looked at purchasing one that was still in Phase III a couple years back.
69002 is back in Hialeah sitting there looking all shiny and new. Earlier this year I was speaking with someone about the dorms and they said, "Marketing still has no idea what they're going to do with those once they're ready for service."Yes it’s nice the radar is working, but what employment will these cars have?
This makes little to no sense to me.69002 is back in Hialeah sitting there looking all shiny and new. Earlier this year I was speaking with someone about the dorms and they said, "Marketing still has no idea what they're going to do with those once they're ready for service."