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F-Line to Dudley

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I think there's 8 long cars between the 2 power cars. The older trains only have 6 between the 2 power cars.
Yes. Acela 1 power cars are capable of pulling 8 total, and there was *briefly* talk of an additional production run of carriages to lengthen the sets from 6 to 8 cars before the cost projections flunked. Aveila power cars are capable of hauling 10 total, and are much easier to swap out than the hard-bolted A1 sets. So a future supplemental order (as previously noted, a possibility because Alstom's production line will be hot for the next 8+ years pumping out 100 near-identical Aveila Horizon trainsets for France) could allow them to set aside a few super-long 10-car sets for the very busiest schedule slots of the day...and also short some sets to 6 cars if they want to initiate Night Owl HSR service on a light-patronage time slot.

For comparison, the longest Northeast Regionals go an absolute max 12 cars.
 

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Don't the platforms have to be lengthened to accommodate such massively long trains? :eek:
 

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Don't the platforms have to be lengthened to accommodate such massively long trains? :eek:
No. Most Regional stops are already 12-car length. The only shorties left on the NEC are minor ones that get skipped on a lot of AMTK schedules and don't have many boardings/alightings to begin with taxing platform dwells. They've been running trains that long for decades now, so the platform lengthenings have largely caught up.
 

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Yeah. Acela trains have no stairs. They must stop at high platforms only.
 

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Amtrak has received a grant to fund the Reopening of Track 22 at Washington Union Station. This is the westernmost of the "lower level" tracks. From the lower level, it has access to the First Street Tunnel and on southward into Virginia and all Points South.

When it opens in 2022 Track 22 will initially enable Amtrak to maintain capacity as they rebuild Union Station's Subbasement bridgework (which spans the tunnel's bellmouth) (presumably they'll use the new track and platform to allow some swing capacity for closures during construction)

Once *that* is done, they can have all tracks open and things will be ready for the 2027 opening of the new span of the Long Bridge (over the Potomac).
 

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So I keep seeing ads from Ed Markey about a "Brain Train" proposal -- does anyone have any insight on this?
 

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