Discussion in 'Amtrak Rail Discussion' started by AmtrakBlue, Dec 10, 2016.
[/QUOTE] I do feel that the Viewliner is a good looking car and it does look good in Phase III.
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Madison & Richmond are up to some shenanigans in Chicago. Pacific Bend is headed that way too.
Probably to modify them into Sleeper-Lounges which will eliminate the beds and bathrooms to "make them more contemporary" by adding cots and porta-potties.
Looking 3 tracks over from my Wolverine I can see that #68001 is deadheading on the Cardinal tonight.
Can you clarify that? Of 25 sleepers, only 11 in active use?
Those are diners, not sleepers.
12 in use
6 as B/O (bad ordered)
2 went to Chicago (perhaps for training the Cardinal crew??)
1 is scheduled
1 is protect
3 are Warranty (whatever that means)
Warranty usually means manufacturer is on the hook for repair. So Amtrak must have found a defect pretty quick in those units.
Is that a normal bad order rate? To my layman's eyes that appears high, but I realize that these thing see many more miles than a automobile does. I imagine certain things are considered wear items, just as on my Ford, I have a bumper to bumper warranty, but certain things are wear items and excluded (wiper blades, tires, brakes, ball joints, tie rod ends, swaybar link ends, filters, etc.) I don't know what these would be on a railcar. A guess: HVAC filters, brakes and brake shoes, air hoses, door seals, truck springs? Brake valves as well?
Keep in mind that these are food service cars and there are a lot more items that can have issues than a baggage car or coach. Something such as a coffee maker can shop a car.
No, it's not a normal bad order rate. Amtrak can't figure out what to do with these cars.
Didn't they do a punch list/walkthrough kind of acceptance test when they took delivery? It does sound like a high rate of problems.
With a microscope, ultrasound, dyes, X-Rays, and 3D scans probably...
However if your flooded with a bunch of extra cars, your focus is getting the cars that you don’t have a spares back on the road. Why send use limited mechanical forces to fix a dinner at night, when you have so many cars sitting around?
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