Reviving an old thread, as the past year has proved to allow for more information to solidify.
Here are the facts. CalTrans (California Department of Transportation; Division of Rail) has purchased the following outright:
- (14) former NJTransit Comet 1B cars, completely overhauled. All mechanical equipment has been replaced/re-manufactured. Interiors have been fully stripped and replaced with the same seats/luggage bins/restroom modules as the California Car fleet, just in single-level format. Automatic sliding doors have been replaced with "traditional" dutch doors and traps. Cab car equipment has been completely removed, but the cars are trainlined for push-pull service with a NPCU.
- (3) former Amtrak Horizon dinette cars, completely overhauled. Interiors ave been fully stripped and replaced with table seating similar to the California Car fleet, a cafe counter set up to also resemble the California Car fleet (convection ovens, toasters, cart-based storage of product,) and a workstation for the conductor which also has a two-way radio charging station.
- (3) former Amtrak F40PH locomotives, overhauled into NPCU-baggage configuration. These units are listed as #403, #405 and #407. These locomotives were "reactivated" in Amtrak's roster in July of 2012, though the "90" prefix has not yet been applied to their roster numbers.
- Source: CalTrans Comet 1b Presentation for San Joaquin Service.
Additional, CalTrans has supposedly (this is unconfirmed, but these locomotives are reported to be under active rebuild by Amtrak) also purchased three Amtrak P40DC locomotives to be used on Amtrak California routes. The locomotives are #813, #825 and #827. This is to allow for more motive power owned by CTDX, allowing some portion of the Amtrak locomotive roster being used by Capitol Corridor/San Joaquin trains to be returned for use on the national network.
All equipment purchased by CalTrans will be painted in Amtrak California livery. The first of these rebuilt Comet 1b's are likely to be arriving (if not already arrived) into Oakland right about now (January/February 2013.) The rest of the purchases are to be in California by mid-summer 2013. Keep a lookout!