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Amtrak equipment repair list: UPDATE complete pdf file

This is a summary of wrecked Amtrak cars that will be returned to service. The remainder are apparently beyond repair (an assumption which will be hard to disprove).

UPDATE: here is the document.

I have read that there are 15 long distance locomotives to be rehabilitated and a new station for Beaumont. If the latter is true, this is a significant commitment to the Sunset route.

Cars to be returned to service for long-distance trains:

Increase capacity and fill-in on long distance service: 1 Superliner
Coach-Bag (31006) @ $1.086m; 2 Superliner I Coach (34040 and 34087) @
$.672m.

Capitol Limited Route (will replace the Diner-Lounge Cars which will go
on the Empire Builder Route): 3 Superliner I Diners (38017, 38026 and
38031)@ $.970m; 1 Superliner II Diner (38049) @ $1.055m.

Auto Train Service: 1 Superliner II Deluxe Sleeper (32501) @ $1.073m.
Expand Empire Builder Route: 5 Superliner I Sleepers (32014, 32040,
32046, 32049 and 32065) @ $1.073m; 1 Superliner II Sleeper (32112) @
$1.055m.

Supplement daily shortage on long distance service: 2 Superliner II
Trans Sleepers (39008 and 39023) @ $1.065m.

Lake Shore Limited Route: 1 Viewliner Diner (8400) @ $1.634m.

3 Superliner I Lounges (33003, 33011 and 33016) @ $.378m; 1 Superliner
II Lounge (33036) @ $.512m.

The following Amfleet II Coach Cars will be returned from wreck status
at a total average cost per unit of $.872m: 25007, 25055, 25085 and
25103. These cars will be used in long distance service.

The following Amfleet II Food Service Car will be returned from wreck
status at a cost of $.650m: 28019. This car will be used in single-level
long distance service.

(all other cars being restored are for Northeast/Corridor service)

It has been reported that this inventory represents every item of rolling stock that can be restored. The disappointing news is pretty clear for the Sunset and Pioneer.

This is the result of a deliberate political policy of starvation. Previous administrations have seen Amtrak’s political base and recognize the impossibility of eliminating the service, but refusing to provide any ability to operate has been a very successful strategy. With no equipment, Amtrak is perpetually marginalized, while highway and airline special interests are proteced.

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Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

4 Responses

  1. Ran says:

    8400 is right outside my window, and was the prototype for the Viewliner diners (that never happened). She’s not much to look at now, but it will be good to have another low-level sleeper in the fleet.

    As for the broader issue, Amtrak desperately needs access to enough capital to start buying new cars. One can only hope that will happen in the next few years.

  2. What’s this about the rails are owned by someone else from WRJ down towards Boston?

    Is it CNS? Something like that I’m told.

  3. KEVIN WALKER says:

    I’M LOOKING FOR SEVERAL FIRST CLASS SEATS FROM PASSENGER CARS TO USE IN MY BASEMENT TV ROOM , CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME CONTACTS , I LIVE NEAR BALTIMORE .THANK YOU

  4. I agree with kevin.Thanks for sharing.

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