Jeff Smith wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2023 9:42 am Behind paywall: https://www.washingtonpost.com/transpor ... s-delayed/Same story, from a different source?
It's official, launch delayed until 2024.
Testing ‘difficulties’ delay launch of faster Acela trains, Amtrak says
The new trains are now slated to enter service in 2024.
New Acela trains scheduled to debut this fall need more analysis to ensure they can safely operate on the curvy and aging tracks between Washington and Boston, railroad officials said, saying the new trains are now slated to enter service in 2024, at least three years behind schedule.
But their delivery has been snarled by multiple delays, including some stemming from unforeseen complexities in testing and computer simulation processes required by the Federal Railroad Administration. Amtrak and train manufacturer Alstom have cited some compatibility hiccups between the high-tech train, modeled after those in operation across Europe, and infrastructure that dates back 190 years in some areas.
The latest hurdle, officials said, involves testing the train’s wheels, particularly at higher speeds.
“The modeling of the wheel to track interface is particularly complex due to age, condition, and specific characteristics of Amtrak infrastructure on the Northeast corridor, and especially the existing tracks,” Alstom said in a statement.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/am ... ce05&ei=91
The train testing problems are not the fault of the trains, it is the fault of the tracks being in such bad shape.
Famous last words.
Looks like Amtrak spent money on new trains when they should have spent money on new tracks instead.
You can only go as fast as the railroad allows. I guess the catenary problems blamed earlier were not the major problem after all.