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  1. Eric S

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    in my experience, Hiawatha trainsets are typically a mix of 1-2 Amfleets and 4-5 Horizons.
  2. Eric S

    Amtrak in Tulsa OK why not

    That was dropped a number of years ago when Jefferson Lines (I think) changed its schedule. The route still exists, it's just no longer an Amtrak Thruway option.
  3. Eric S

    Amtrak in Tulsa OK why not

    Tulsa is one of many fairly major cities without intercity rail service (along with Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dayton, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix, Wichita, and on and on and on...). Why? Well...Amtrak's (largely federally-funded) long distance network is rather skeletal, leaving large gaps throughout the country. And the shorter intercity corridor network depends largely on state funding. So far, the State of Oklahoma has only funded a single-daily intercity train, that being the Heartland Flyer linking Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.
  4. Absent a plan to improve CHI-IND service (reduced travel times, increased frequencies), I can certainly understand the reluctance of the governor and/or legislators to continue funding the existing train. Of course, it is the State of Indiana that needs to be studying the implementing such a plan to improve service and IN has hardly demonstrated a significant willingness to improve intercity (or local and regional) rail service in the past.
  5. Click on "Schedules" and then "Get downloadable schedules for all routes>" That brings me to a page where I can access schedule pdfs for the various routes.
  6. Maybe I'm misreading the revisions, but it looks like there are alternative standards that can be substituted for the 800,000lb buff strength requirement. The 800,000lb requirement is in § 238.203(a)(1). Newly-revised § 238.201(b)(2)(i) states that "Tier I passenger trainsets may comply with the alternative crashworthiness and occupant protection requirements in appendix G to this part instead of the requirements in § 238.203..." Appendix G refers back to another section, requiring that rail cars "shall resist a minimum quasi-static end load applied on the collision load path of...800,000 pounds without permanent deformation of the occupied volume." Compare that to the buff strength requirements which state that rail cars "shall resist a minimum static end load of 800,000 pounds applied on the line of draft without permanent deformation of the body structure" Perhaps someone can clarify but it looks like the new/alternate standards are based on crumple zones that protect the occupied portion of the rail car, instead of prohibiting any structural deformation.
  7. One wonders whether the stillborn N-S bilevels would have met the revised standards... Anyway, this is great news that *should* make new intercity and commuter/regional rail purchases somewhat less expensive and perhaps make production quicker. (Of course, if rail agencies insist on status quo North American-style tanks [gallery cars for Metra, as an example], well, never mind.)
  8. Eric S

    Last printed system timetable

    I can tell you that it's almost impossible to find timetables for the NEC at 30th Street. When I was in DC in January there were a lot of timetables at the counter near the Club Acela. They have also largely, if not completely, disappeared from Chicago as well.
  9. I've connected from Hiawatha to long distance trains many times. Unless I had a specific, particular reason to extend my layover in Chicago, I've always just used the train that Amtrak defaults to, which in your example, would be the 3pm train from Milwaukee.
  10. Did you dig into whether days of operation changed? Curious as to how much turn-around time there is in Toronto and Vancouver.
  11. Source? What/who is being quoted there?
  12. Those cars will all be going to California and the Midwest (Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri) - which are the states that purchased them (as opposed to Amtrak).
  13. Eric S

    Reimagining Amtrak stations

    Even before reading the article, I thought this sounded like something URPA might put out (long distance being the "largest and most commercially successful" trains) - and sure enough, it was.
  14. Eric S

    Questions About Acela Express Station Stops

    Not that it takes away from your larger point, but Aurora has ~50,000 more people than Naperville (approx 200k for Aurora, 150k for Naperville). Aurora is the second most populous municipality in Illinois.
  15. Eric S

    New Siemens Charger locomotive.

    IIRC, (many? all? of) the Midwest cars are essentially married pairs, like many rapid transit cars, while the California cars are semi-permanently coupled (6 or 7 car?) trainsets.