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On 10/11/2018 at 12:10 PM, dbdb said:

From the news release:
 

Yeah, sounds like just a replacing end of life kitchen equipment and associated electrical, and installing a WiFi access point.

 

Replacing the kitchen in a diner is a pretty major endeavour, considering that it accounts for half of the volume and 3/4s of the weight of the vehicle.

 

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The dining room and fixtures on the trips I've taken is still in great shape no need or value in replacing those.

A number of dining cars had already received a refurbishment. It is hoped that this will cover the remaining cars that had not had any major work done to them in about 20 years.

 

It should also be noted that this contract is costing VIA $4+mil per car. I hope that they end up getting good value for money, because that cost is starting to approach that of a brand-new car.

 

Dan

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12 hours ago, Shaun said:

If they where to build new cars, would they be consistent with the current Fleet? 

Or would they be more modern cars?

That would depend on what they ordered. The only new intercity cars currently on the market (such as the Amtrak Viewliner II) certainly look different when compared to the older Budd designs, but they could obviously be configured for compatibility with the existing fleet.

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11 hours ago, WMATAC40LF said:

That would depend on what they ordered. The only new intercity cars currently on the market (such as the Amtrak Viewliner II) certainly look different when compared to the older Budd designs, but they could obviously be configured for compatibility with the existing fleet.

We should expect an announcement of the winning bid in December. Also, if VIA have an ok from the government for the dedicated track, it should be in the same times.

Just a couple of month and we will know!

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On 10/15/2018 at 12:34 PM, FelixINX said:

We should expect an announcement of the winning bid in December. Also, if VIA have an ok from the government for the dedicated track, it should be in the same times.

Just a couple of month and we will know!

It would be nice if the dedicated track is approved, but I feel like the upgrades to the existing track that have already been done would go to waste. 

Not to mention all of the station upgrades, and what is to say that the next government elected into power will continue to fund it until it is built? 

Even with shovels in the ground, projects have been cancelled due to changes in Government.  

I don't know how popular it would be to cancel it, but Conservatives voted into power after a Liberal Government have a history of making deep cuts to public projects (Steven Harper, Mike Harris and Doug Ford).  

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On 10/14/2018 at 12:31 PM, Shaun said:

If they where to build new cars, would they be consistent with the current Fleet? 

Or would they be more modern cars?

CAF in NY just finished delivering Viewliner diners to Amtrak. Not the best run contract in the world, and Amtrak owns the design, but doable especially since the Mark II cars have relocated some vulnerable parts to the roof to make them more reliable in winter. 

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