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Discussion in 'Amtrak Rail Discussion' started by AmtrakBlue, Dec 10, 2016.
91/92 doesn’t have a diner...
Oops, didn't pay full attention to the title of this thread - was thinking about the sleepers - which, of course, have not been delivered.
Too high of a shop count, too many in protect status. Even if you accepted Amtrak 80% Fleet availability you would have 20 in service at any given time. The list from KnightRail show only 11 in service, add one with the business fleet so 12 in service out of the twenty that should be.
I’m pretty sure it means that they’re scheduled to enter service for the first time on some particular date.
What “business fleet”?
Pretty sure 68007 Columbia has been in service for a while already...
And the “business fleet” is the office cars, like American View or Beech Grove that are for non-revenue corporate use. I don’t see anything on that fleet allocation that looks like any car is running with the business fleet though.
“68014 Jackson: Washington”
Unless Washington has a protect car than 68014 is doing the business fleet thing.
I read that as being a protect car but you’re right, that probably isn’t a sensible spot for one.
Hmmm. Didn't notice that one. :wacko:
Think of it this way. From endpoint to endpoint, It is roughly 1500 miles on the average on the Silver route, 1400 miles on the Crescent route and 950 miles on the Lake Shore Route. That is a lot of time for things to go wrong or need tuning.
Be grateful they now have enough equipment to fix the small things before they become big problems.
It means there is a scheduled confinement of the car to a maintenance facility . It could be for an overhaul, a warranty inspection, periodic maintenance, etc. as opposed to shopped for defects.
Hia is their home base. They already have protects in other locations.
Last but certainly not least:
Fleets one, two and three. Wednesday is your day. Fleet four follows on Thursday. We look forward to your pictures and or/video.
Do you have any guess as to what routes are likely to get the bag-dorms and new sleepers first?
Depends on the weather.
Railroad runs in all types of weather. Or least it used to.
George P and Rob S might be willing to stand out in the bad weather to get pics of trains, but I’m not that crazy.
My work schedule is a hot mess this week.. I would willingly wait trackside Wednesday for some photos. But that's not happening cause of a wild work week.
I'll wave out the window as I (hopefully) fly to Syracuse for work.
Sounds like Amtrak needs to reschedule.
The new cars are going into protect status in San Diego. It's not that they're needed there but Amtrak wants to show they are being used. :giggle:
Scheduled probably means scheduled work like FRA mandated inspections etc.
I can't even imagine what will happen but you asked for a guess.
Once they received a few bag dorms I would have bet the Late For Sure and Pigeon would be the ultimate recipients. . However, a sleeper has emerged and they weren't supposed to come until the end of the year. They may have pushed for the sleepers to come next. I know VA indicated they are interested in a sleeping car returning to 67/66 (and they would likely pick up part of the costs) , but I would assume the new sleepers would stay close to their base.
Therefore, I would say new sleepers would go into the Meteor's rotation first. The bag dorms would go into the Star's rotation first. That is my guess.
Every once in awhile I've found 66/67 tempting, even just from WAS to NYP, so a sleeper would make it even more tempting.
(oh here's a far-fetched idea for 20 years in the future. A set-out sleeper in each direction at NYP picked up by an early morning departure to Albany!
Thanks so much for answering, but...argh. The Meteor is my home train and I really don’t want to lose my Roomette en suite that soon.
In order to have HIA home base for V-II Bag-Dorms, they will need be assigned to one Silver train or the other. Assigning them to both Silver trains would be "getting thin" for protects. One Silver and the tri-weekly Cardinal is probably the "bureaucratic play it safe" route.
50-51 Cardinal - Two cars
91-92 Star - Four cars
CHI Protect - One car
SSY Protect - One car
HIA Shop-Protect - Two cars
I really think the Cardinal is the best candidate for the first bag-dorms. A train with 3 1/2 revenue passenger cars really does not need a full 85' baggage car, and definitely could use eight more Roomettes. And it would only take four cars to put one on both consists and have a protect at each terminus.
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