Was just in Los Angeles visiting Metrolink (on business, not railfanning), and if Rotem has gone belly-up, they've neglected to inform Metrolink, which has just exercised an option for an additional order of cars (I forget how many). The word from Metrolink is that Rotem bid a really, really low price, and they're not happy campers, but a contract is a contract and they intend to make good on it. Sometimes this happens when you're the new boy on the block and try to grab market share quickly by low-balling contracts.
I got into the cab of one of the new cab cars, and as big as it looks, there's not a whole lot of room in there for the engineer. Due to the need for ceiling clearance in the passageway below, there's only room for the engineer's seat. The rest of the cab is at the level of the control stand, sort of a big empty dashboard. They're having a bit of trouble figuring out where to fit the PTC equipment.
The non-cab Rotem cars look nice. They're stainless steel, no rivets, and don't have the chamfered ends of the Bombardier cars, giving them a much sleeker look. They apparently also incorporate crash energy management technology, and most trains seem to have a new Rotem car up against the engine as well as a new cab car. They no longer use the old cab cars at all.
Don't know how any of this will affect Tri-Rail, except that if they want their cars, it appears Rotem will build them.
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