Kaback9 wrote:The more I see them the more I keep thinking Amtrak was foolish for getting rid of them. These definitely would have made a fine car for the NEC.
Even assuming that they had been entirely satisfactory in service, which they were not, such a small fleet of unique equipment would have been very hard to service. Keep in mind that with many hundred of altogether less problematic Amfleet coaches, which were used even for "Metroliner" service, Amtrak didn't have any need for LRC coaches. The electrification from Boston to New Haven also didn't help the case for the LRCs, but I think you'll find the maintenance and reliability issues were the primary problems.
Moreover, VIA has a had quite a struggle with the LRC coaches over the years and simply had to give up on the LRC locomotives. My guess is that if the LRC equipment hadn't been built in Canada, it would have been disposed of many years ago. Current experience shows that if you spend a couple of decades servicing a mildly problematic design, you can probably make it work, especially if you have taxpayer funding.