David Benton wrote:Maybe they are waiting for the RFP for contracting out food services results. I believe they list all the diners in that .
There’s an RFI (request for information) regarding all Amtrak F&B operations, dining operations, onboard F&B logistics etc. out to bid, but this is more of a consulting project where Amtrak is looking for a report - information - on what’s the best model to put in place for its entire network. Stems from Congressional mandate on F&B and also to “modernize.” I believe the essence or purpose of the RFI calls for a “consulting company/companies” to be identified by mid November 2018, and then really looking at 2019 for an all out comprehensive study to be done on ALL F&B options/service in the Amtrak system. Implemention would still be a ways out. That puts EVERYTHING on the table for Amtrak F&B and more of a wholistic approach, which is very well needed, but hopefully some useful info comes out of it. Purely a “study.”
Waiting on that RFI in order to put VIewliner II Diners in place - not the most efficient way to get equipment in service that could be making some money now (through an upsell in “class” of service) or providing an amenity/service to passengers instead of “storing the cars” and allowing for issues to accrue on getting said cars out in a year or so while waiting on study to be complete. Also makes one take pause about trying to re-engineer the VIewliner II Diners, pending outcome of said study on Amtrak F&B.
VIA would likely be interested in the Heritage Diners, but without the cracked sills.......They’d certainly have their maintenance staff go over things with a fine tooth comb. With what VIA has, and considering they just renewed their “Heritage Diners” - I could see them purchasing the top five best Heritage Diners Amtrak has if they could get a good price. Viewliner II Diners, next best thing, but I personally don’t see VIA taking the bite on that one. If VIA was in expansion instead of contraction, might be a different story...........The need sleepers and diners for the most part. Even currently in peak season, they are running EVERYTHING that they can. Barely spare anything around in peak season. Even with two days a week operation next year, I bet they still try to run as much as they can, perhaps having a backup set for when trains run late.......