I keep hearing that Amtrak is in the process of developing a a plan for new equipment. I was wondering if anyone has heard anything interesting in this matter and also opinions on the direction this should go.
We all know that double-deck cars are the most efficient design. Now that there are existing double-deck cars capable of traversing the entire system (i.e., NYP tunnels), could Amtrak come out with a basic design that could satisfy and standardize the entire system?
If anyone has ridden the LI or NJ double-deck cars, can you tell us what they are like? Also do you think there is enough headroom to allow upper sleeper bunks in these lower profile cars?
A fleet of new standardized double-deck sleepers, diners/lounges, and coaches (baggage and full coach maybe) could result in much more efficient train consists.