Back in May of 2016, Stadler announced that they were building 10 new railcars for the luxury train service, based on the "Ultra Domes" that Colorado Railcars previously built. This will be the first time the company is building locomotive hauled passenger railcars for the North American market. I was surprised when they announced this, but the company has been known for building custom made rolling stock, EMU, DMU, and locomotives. Though it makes me wonder why they didn't go to US Railcar, the company that bought the assets of Colorado Railcar, who still advertise the "Ultra Dome" as one of their products.
Here's the announcement in 2016:http://www.stadlerra...ership-stadler/
12/05/2016 – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH STADLER
Rocky Mountaineer Announces Partnership with Stadler to Engineer Completely new Railcars for the First Time in More than a Decade.
Vancouver, Canada and Berlin, Germany — May 11, 2016 — Rocky Mountaineer and Stadler today announced an agreement to add to the Canadian luxury tourist rail company’s fleet of custom made GoldLeaf railcars. The project will see 10 brand new cars arriving in Canada beginning in 2018. These new cars will be completely re-engineered with efficiency and guest comfort in mind leveraging Stadler’s renowned expertise at facilities in Switzerland & Germany.
The website Railway Stays took recent photos in October of 2017 of the building of the new railcars in Germany. Link:http://www.railwayst...wiss-precision/
Note that they still included the small open area at one end of the railcar.
Edited by ORLPacific, 22 January 2018 - 11:33 PM.