Discussion in 'Amtrak Rail Discussion' started by DSS&A, Jan 2, 2018.
They already are. It is likely going to become an issue when it comes to training students.
Of course. I had the thought of operating the trainset with a student. During my time at NS certain units had a jump seat for such an occasion. I’ll take a guess that the cabs will have a jump seat. Either way it’s not the same as sitting next to someone who can give you tips and show you certain tricks of operating.
Some cool footage of the new trains in this CBS news video!
Someone beat you to it. The piece was on last week.
Progressive Railroading has an article about the new Acela sets. It seems that Amtrak and Alstom had a media day on June 12th where they showed off the building progress of the new Trainsets. In the article it also states that for a while both the Alstom sets and the Bombardier sets will be in service. Once all of the new Alstom sets are in service they will phase out the original equipment.
Interestingly, the power heads even in the Bombardier sets are mostly Alstom.
The existing Acela sets were a joint venture between Bombardier and Alstom. Alstom designed the power cars and provided the traction equipment, electronics and the powered and non-powered trucks.
I believe it was 75% Bombardier and 25% Alstom. Personally I don’t think that was the way to go.
The power heads were more or less entirely Alstom. Bombardier’s main contribution was the LRC derived cars and the tilt system.
I think the major problem with the current fleet is simple. They brought it online and was built during a time where technology was going through a major change. The new trainsets won’t have that issue. AFAIK. Either way I personally look forward to hopefully being able to photograph both the old and new at track speed somewhere. But that’s just a matter of luck and timing things out in the employee timetable. Which the employee timetable is harder and harder to get a hold of these days. With good cause.
I think the real problem with the current fleet is that it had to be built to a FRA imposed standard that makes no sense in the real world. FRA has since recanted and finally admitted that they had no idea what needed to be done for speeds above 125mph and were simply shooting in the dark.
The Feds shooting in the dark? Now that doesn't surprise me one bit!
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