nomis wrote: ↑Thu Oct 21, 2021 8:15 am
The biggest issue we face today is the change order that reduced the amount of Bag-Dorms from 25 to 10. That reduction makes a Bag-Dorm a hot commodity, where it could of been a standard on every single level LD train.
Why do you think decreasing the number of bag-dorm cars by 15 while increasing the number of bag cars by 15 is an issue?
Number of bag-dorm cars before the Viewliner 2 order was ZERO, although there were 17 25XX series Crew Dorms.
Number of bag cars before the Viewliner 2 order was 36 17XX series, 45 12XX series, and 13 11XX series, totaling 94
Ultimate Viewliner 2 order was 10 bag-dorm cars and 70 bag cars.
So, the 70 Viewliner 2 baggage cars did not replace all the existing 94 baggage cars (just 74%) , nor did the 10 Baggage-Dorm cars replace all the existing 17 Dorm cars (just 59%).
But, if all 25 Baggage-Dorm cars had been built as originally planned, there would have been a 47% increase in Dorm cars. That would also mean just 55 baggage cars would have been built, with 58% being replaced vs the 74%.
Second guessing Amtrak a decade after making a decision is easy to do, where were you when
that decision was made?