Rhinecliff wrote:I think what drives Mr. hsr_fan crazy more than anything else, however, (if I may be so presumptious) is the complete fiasco of seeing tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money used to rebuild that equipment -- or any equipment, for that matter -- only to have the equipment abandoned by Amtrak upon completion.Indeed. I hate to see waste like that. I've only owned two cars in my life, and I just retired my first car last year after 220,000 miles. To see newly rebuilt trains with practically zero miles on them sent to the boneyard drives me nuts. The fact that they were the coolest looking trains in America next to the Acela Express just adds insult to injury! It's like they teased us by putting them in service briefly, only to take them away and go back to Amfleets. It's kind of like giving someone a brand new Mustang and then taking it back and saying, "Hey, here's a used Ford Escort instead!"