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Another fine job by chicago yard. Car 58002


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#21 jis

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:11 AM

I suspect that in the newest cars they probably use a hybrid system consisting of Heat Pump AC unit(s) augmented by heating coils, specially in cars that run in very cold places.



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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:18 PM

My parents quit taking Amtrak after a dead of winter LSL trip to Albany where not only was there no heat, but the toilets were frozen up in the sleeper as well (and bear in mind my parents are winter folk who skied and spend time outside in cold weather).


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:45 PM

I was on the Crescent when frozen water and sewer lines burst flooding the entire sleeper.  What a mess.  They squeezed everyone into the remaining sleeper since the Coaches were full.  There was no customer Service, though our SCA grabbed a few of us and raced us over to another platform to catch a regional in BC as it was about to depart..  He was great and we rewarded he accordingly.



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Posted 10 March 2018 - 12:20 PM

I was on the Crescent when frozen water and sewer lines burst flooding the entire sleeper.  What a mess.  They squeezed everyone into the remaining sleeper since the Coaches were full.  There was no customer Service, though our SCA grabbed a few of us and raced us over to another platform to catch a regional in BC as it was about to depart..  He was great and we rewarded he accordingly.

Oh god. That sounds awful. Horrifying.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 07:16 AM

My understanding from a technical article in Private Varnish (magazine) a few years back is that passenger car heat is a two-pronged system. There is an electric heat strip (or, in older cars, a steam coil) in the fresh air ventilation duct which is sized and has a thermostat set to warm the ventilation air to 60-62F. So passengers won't freeze, but they will be cool...if they wish to be. The floor heat is supplemental and is on individual thermostats (in sleeping cars) so that the passengers can adjust it to whatever level they are comfortable with. Assuming everything is working, of course!

62 degrees doesn't sound chilly at all, especially for a coach car.  For an interior room in a large building, you want the air coming out of the ducts to be around 55 degrees.  Even if it is really cold outside, 62 degree supply air would keep passengers comfortable, not on the warm side of freezing.  There are lots of passengers breathing in the room temperature air and exhaling it at about 86 degrees F.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 11:26 AM

I included the car number so we can track how long this will be neglected.

Cant wait for the new cars.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 02:52 PM

Lol. Im riding 303 next saturday. Ill let you know. Engine 52 has been riding back and forth to stl. I suspect 58002. Will be there too.


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