I think the flexibility is fantastic! The VIA nose is definitely my favorite of the three as well.
They went with the ugly front. Meh.
Considering the current board is doing everything in their power to kill the LD trains I'm surprised they're actually ordering Chargers specifically for those routes.
I'm surprised they're ordering locomotives, apparently Delta Dick thinks that permanently-coupled trainsets (like in Europe) are the way of the future, and that today's young people really care about whether their train is loco-hauled or a DMU/EMU. Guessing it's gonna be cheaper for them to buy locomotives and replace the passenger cars over time.
Oh god I can just imagine the folks at maintenance/procurement yelling at him for even suggesting acquiring some weird sleeper DMU monstrosity.
Yeah, and totally fuck themselves over like CAT did by shuffling EMD production around to non-union shops while shedding workers with years of experience in the process.
Besides, Siemens doesn't have the wiggle room to fuck around like EMD did between 2012-2015. If they deliver to lemons to VIA or Amtrak they're guaranteed to become a pariah like Boeing did after the LRV nightmare and to get pushed out of the NA market or at the very least to become another marginal player like CAF.
Even if everyone hates these, they don’t look half bad imo. They actually look cool. It’s kind of like a replacement for the Bombadier LRC. (I mean the LRCs looked cool and all, but to be real. 95 MPH??? Yeah. Even the first VT 11.5 was faster.) Can’t wait to see it being used. How fast does it go?
Side note: I think the chargers on amtrak’s Roster should be painted like this, the current one for the chargers is just an eyesore, and don’t forget it’s the Siemens paint job just with the Amtrak’s Midwest logo slapped on it.
Based on VIA's proposal for a 'new' corridor north of the existing Quebec-Windsor corridor (to be mostly made up of reactivated segments of RoW) they're probably going to be geared for 125.