The cars are based on the Railjet ones:I would hope that VIA has put this requirement in their RFP as well for the cars,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RailjetThe Railjet (branded as railjet) is a high-speedtrain of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Czech Railways (ČD), which was introduced with the timetable change of 2008-2009 and operates at speeds of up to 230 km/h (143 mph). The railjet is the premier service of the ÖBB and operates both domestically within Austria and on international services to adjacent major cities in Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and from December 2017 Italy.
A Railjet train set consists of seven individual coaches that are permanently coupled with airtight interconnections, but with buffer and hook couplings on the outer ends of the set of coaches suitable for buffer and chain screw coupling Two complete train sets with two locomotives can be run as a pair giving a train of fourteen carriages. The coach furthest from the locomotive acts as a control car. The number of carriages per train can be extended up to ten in a single train unit.
A second phase would see the construction of a new 60 km passenger-only line suitable for 200 km/h running along the State Road 528 corridor between Cocoa and Orlando International Airport, to complete a 385 km corridor from Miami. The Brightline fleet would then be expanded to 10 seven-car sets carrying 356 passengers.
All aboard! A morning railJet about to leave Munich for Vienna & Budapest. Munich Hauptbahnhof is just 15 minutes walk from Munich's famous Dom & Marienplatz.
RailJet from Switzerland... A railJet about to leave Zurich for Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna. railjets are 'push-pull', with a locomotive at one end & a driving cab (shown here) at the other.
The cars are based on the Railjet ones:
Since Brightline is looking to run them at 200 kph, it's a pretty safe bet that the coaches haven't been too 'Americanized' to not have the best bogies and thoroughbred design characteristics of their European parents:
Note the reference to "trailer cars" (cab cars) something that VIA might find very useful, especially in lieu of later electrification: (Which is a requirement in the RFQ for forward compatibility/conversion)
That is definitely something to aspire to. Those trains look really nice.I hope you emailed that design to VIA at least!
My dream would be for the corridor to have double decker electrified trains with interiors that look like this:
I know we're well past the era of public services caring about design and aesthetics, but I honestly wish they would do something like that if they ever did HFR, just to maximize on the contrast with air and bus travel. But I guess the Siemens Chargers are a decent start.
I really like it but I would love to see your design with a touch of green from the Renaissance Green livery.
Our rail service reputation is so poor with the general public that I'd argue there's a business case for paying for better looking trains just to glam it up a little.
My sincere apologies that we haven't just scrapped our HEP equipment many years ago and focused on whatever skeleton service you can run with a fleet of 97 LRC and 47 Renaissance Economy/Business cars...The fact that we mix and match old and less old rolling stock just shows via has no ambitions to be up with the times.
My sincere apologies that we haven't just scrapped our HEP equipment many years ago and focused on whatever skeleton service you can run with a fleet of 97 LRC and 47 Renaissance Economy/Business cars...
whatever skeleton service you can run with a fleet of 97 LRC and 47 Renaissance Economy/Business cars...
We feel VIA’s pain.
Actually, it would be an interesting hypothetical discussion to compare the merits and economics of a third LRC order versus the cost of acquiring, refurbishing, and operating the HEP-II fleet. I suspect those old cans have been cheaper to operate, but another 50 LRC coaches would likely have been more marketable. VIA has done a commendable job of working with what it has been given, but no self respecting first world country would do things on a shoestring the way Canada has.
It’s a fleet replacement program which replaces the entire Corridor fleet, but what would prevent the federal government from telling the supplier to keep producing beyond the original order size, should they identify a need to expand the fleet size...?I am sure this was mentioned before, but I have concerns about VIA ordering only 32 brand new train sets for 9100 passenger train sets and limited expansion capacity in a foreseeable future.
By the way, if you desire the same slow and infrequent intercity rail services as in the Corridor, but with more modern equipment, I highly recommend Portugal (same goes for those searching highly affordable vacations, beautiful landscapes and very pleasant locals)
Two hi rail vehicles reached Churchill yesterday. Article mentions possible timing of the first VIA train.