Matt Johnson wrote:Prediction: the Avelia sets with their bright colors and large proportion of white will show dirt and grime much more than the current Acela equipment, and thus will end up looking worse unless Amtrak washes them frequently.
Watching traffic at Stuttgart Hbf last October, DB had a staff coming in to clean the bugs off the windshields of trains, and nothing more. I can see why 'traffic red' is the preferred color at DB now - it doesn't look so bad when you try to stretch the washings out...
As an aside, my Polish friend commented on the pictures I showed him, that it looked more like a third world country, than what he expected of Germany. I've not been to Warsaw yet (yes, it's on the list - he has a beautiful place in the city center and there's no language or culture barrier traveling with him), but he gave me the impression that PKP keeps things a lot nicer than you'd expect, these days.
Ever look under the wing of an airliner? You wouldn't eat off of that, either.
Has Alstom released any actual, hard specifications yet? I'd be curious on the power output, weight, power car configuration (number of converters/inverters, underfloor or overfloor transformer, etc), and other stuff.