I don't have a copy of it, but BNSF has issued a "general track bulletin" (recent orders not printed in a timetable) that permits Amtrak Cascades trains operating with Horizon/Amfleet equipment can observe posted Talgo speeds and operate with PTC in Tilt train mode. Maybe an Amtrak/BNSF insider can post it?I never said 110 was possible on the corridor. Not sure why that was brought up at all (must have been somehow who doesn't know the route).
I still have yet to see any information on the Horizons running at the same speeds, aside from comments on this forum. We do have hard data from the past few weeks showing that 500/505 were chronically late (OTP approaching 0%) while running Horizons. Until I see otherwise, I don't buy that a trainset with Horizons can do SEA-PDX and keep the schedule.
This is also what we have seen in the past, when they have supplemented old Amtrak equipment during holiday periods. These extra trains were scheduled for 4:15 on the corridor vs. the 3:30 of the Talgos:
Extra Helpings of Amtrak Cascades Trains between Seattle and Portland for Thanksgiving - Amtrak MediaAmtrak Cascades will once again provide holiday travelers with more options for getting to destinations in the Pacific Northwest this Thanksgiving season.media.amtrak.com
I think people who aren't from the region don't fully understand this line. This is not your standard state-run barebones service. We have business class on the Talgos, and people pay a premium over bus options with similar run times, or they take a slight time penalty over flying to ride in comfort. If you decrease comfort/quality and/or increase travel time, it is going to really hurt ridership. What would happen to ridership on Acela if Amtrak substituted NE Regional equipment on all of the runs?
This is a very good thing.
WSDOT has made it clear... they are done with Talgo.
Period. End of story.
When WSDOT buys new trainsets they plan to join the Amtrak order which will almost certainly not have a passive tilting feature.
New trainsets that can observe posted Talgo speeds without passive tilting will offer quality and can maintain travel times (heck, with trainlined doors they could probably go faster). Putting the Point Defiance Bypass into service will make an even bigger difference in making travel times more attractive.
We will have to see if the lack of passive tilting will make a difference in comfort so noticeable that it drives passengers away. I doubt it.