Wisconsin commits funds to purchase new passenger cars for Hiawatha service

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Wisconsin commits funds to purchase new passenger cars for Hiawatha service
Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, November 16, 2019 3:40 PM

Doesn't say how many cars or how much per copy but does say total cost is approx $39 million with the Federal Matching Funds.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/31/wisconsin-legislators-consider-funding-new-amtraks-hiawatha-trains/4102369002/

 

 

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:34 PM
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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, November 16, 2019 6:47 PM

OK they only bought one trainset and three cab cars.    I thought the price was rather on the cheap end for three trainsets.    So they need to buy 12 more coaches at some point or get them from the Midwest pool.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:23 PM

Already included in the Midwest consortium.  This is WISDOT's contribution and allows all the old cars to be replaced. Hiawatha is one of the most successful state-subsidized corridors. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:03 PM

Question how long will WI have to wait for the cars to be delivered?  Siemens seems to have a full order book.  Didn't Siemens even announce an expansion of its manufacturing building ?  A problem may be getting enough experienced workers to fully man the assembly line ?

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Saturday, November 16, 2019 10:05 PM

They haven't decided on a manufacturer. 

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Posted by CMStPnP on Sunday, November 17, 2019 2:55 AM

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Question how long will WI have to wait for the cars to be delivered?

They said Fall of 2020 they would start taking delivery of the cars and putting them into service.   I do not know if it is Siemens, though Siemens is not constricted to just the California plant to fill orders on a global railcar line such as they have built for Brightline (Viaggo?).

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Posted by D.Carleton on Sunday, November 17, 2019 8:18 AM

CMStPnP
They said Fall of 2020 they would start taking delivery of the cars and putting them into service.   I do not know if it is Siemens, though Siemens is not constricted to just the California plant to fill orders on a global railcar line such as they have built for Brightline (Viaggo?).

The fabrication facility was doubled in Sacramento and all cars for the North American market will be built there.

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