Viewliner II Delivery/Production

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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby baldwr » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:53 pm

Was passing Peachtree station this afternoon and it looked like today’s Cresent departure (20/05)was being prepped (ca 13:30h). Looked like a standard consist with a AMII coaches, AMII lounge, VII diner, and VI sleepers, but noticed what looked like an extra sleeper of the VII variety (PH3 striping, Amtrak’s America logo, vestibule) at the rear just before the baggage. Thread seemed a little quiet... not sure if this belongs here or the interesting sightings thread... those of you up north keep your eyes peeled.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Amtrak706 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:09 pm

What you saw was the single Viewliner I sleeper that got Phase IIIb stripes and the “River” series name a few years ago. All of them were supposed to get this treatment after the V2 sleepers came in, but who knows if either will still happen. There are currently no V2 sleepers delivered.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:03 pm

Mr. Baldwin, that's the "New River" - a V1 in Phase 3 livery. I also observed such on The Crescent - NB #20 at Danville, VA this past April - 4hrs late!
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Acela150 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:00 am

Keep an eye out for a brand spankin new sleeper soon. NFI at this time.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby gokeefe » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:51 am

Well that is certainly welcome news. Good to hear they haven't thrown in the towel.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby gaspeamtrak » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:00 pm

Acela150 wrote:Keep an eye out for a brand spankin new sleeper soon. NFI at this time.


Yippee !!! Drool, Drool can't wait !!!
Thank you... :P :P :P
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Greg Moore » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:57 pm

Now if only we had a CEO with real vision of expansion, they could start a discussion on the 70 car option!

But that's not going to happen under Anderson. :-(
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby ApproachMedium » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:38 pm

At this point any options would just be a waste of time and money. It took so long for anything to get done here CAF should be banned from any further amtrak bids.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Greg Moore » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:19 pm

Do we all know it's CAF's fault? I've seen enough evidence that at least some of the blame is on the side of Amtrak. And I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Amtrak has been slow to pay on these under Anderson.

And while I'm not a huge fan of CAF at this point, I think expanding the sleeper/diner/baggage fleet is a good idea, and starting over with another vendor strikes me as an even worse idea.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Tadman » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:46 pm

Agreed, we have heard none of the story yet. I'm very hesitant to assign blame on the carmaker yet.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby David Benton » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:01 pm

The delays started long before Anderson arrived.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby ApproachMedium » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:00 pm

CAFs poor reputation of delivering products on time existed long before amtrak came to the picture and it even exists on the euro side as well.
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby gaspeamtrak » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:42 am

Caf seems to have got the "Caledonian Sleeper order right???
These cars were ordered about two years ago roughly ?
There are 4 sets of equipment.Two for the "Highland Sleeper" and two for the "Lowland Sleeper. 16 cars each is the max length for "Euston Station " in London.
16 cars x 4 = 64 cars + 11 spares.
Each train consist of 12 sleepers, 2 coaches and two lounges.
They were supposed two come out in the fall of 2018 roughly but are delayed till about May 2019 I think ?
Not to shabby??? :wink:
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Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:41 am

Will believe when Amtrak sends an extra out of Albany to Elmira to do the pickup of the sleeper(s)
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