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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby gokeefe » Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:16 pm

ADMIN NOTE:
Split off from a thread in Amtrak and moved to California.


I'm having a hard time believing California isn't at the front of the line for the first batch of cars. They're so desperate for rolling stick they've been operating refurbished ex-NJT Comet cars.
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby afiggatt » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:50 am

California will be leasing the two ex-Wisconsin Talgo trainsets to operate on the Surfliner route. That will help until all the bi-levels are delivered. Besides 88 cars of the initial 130 car order are going to the 3 Mid-west states which is a bit more than 2/3rds of the order. The states, the FRA and N-S have presumably hammered out a delivery sequence agreement; I would expect the 3 Mid-west states will get the first "batch".
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby CHTT1 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:05 am

The California cars will be at the end of the delivery line since the state is paying for them without any federal funding. The Midwest cars must be completed before funding runs out.
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:13 am

Well that certainly sounds like the winning argument to me. So California will endure a rolling stock "drought" for a little bit longer ...
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby mtuandrew » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:02 pm

The sooner the Midwest gets cars, the sooner Amtrak can send the surplus cars where they will make the most money. Much as east coasters may not like the idea of the NEC and eastern LDs getting passed over, Amtrak would likely make a great deal of money contracting its surplus (Horizons in particular) to CalTrans.
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby gokeefe » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:48 pm

Interesting to consider a potential "wholesale" transfer of the Horizon cars to California. I think it's feasible and supported by the extraordinary demand levels out there.
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby east point » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:51 pm

The weather is Southern CA should allow the Horizons to be used there until the bi-levels from NS arrive.
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Postby Backshophoss » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:24 pm

Believe the Horizen's were to be used on the "Gulf Coaster" rebirth,the 2 ex WiDOT Taglos should add some flex in the
Amtrak- California fleet,just as the ex-NJT "Comarrows did.
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby mtuandrew » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:36 pm

I'll defer to you, Hoss, since you probably have more up to date info than I do. Still and all, that's 16? cars of 70... plenty more for CA or another high bidder on a lease.
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Re: Amtrak Quad Cities Service Proposal Chicago - Iowa City

Postby Woody » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:04 am

Backshophoss wrote:Believe the Horizen's were to be used on the "Gulf Coaster" rebirth . . .

Not exactly. The main effort is to extend the City of New Orleans using Superliner equipment, down Mobile-Jacksonville-Orlando. A secondary suggestion is for daily service New Orleans-Mobile, using Horizons. And when the Sunset Ltd/Texas Eagle get merged and go daily, CHI-San Antonio-L.A., the leftover piece of the Sunset route, New Orleans-Houston-San Antonio, will run daily using Horizon equipment. All plans subject to change.
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