Originally Posted by afiggatt
Besides the legal situation/mess between Talgo and Wisconsin, Washington state can't put new trains to use until 2017 when the track capacity upgrade projects are completed. The 2 Oregon trains will go underused the next few years as it is. Washington State DOT has long term plans to buy more Talgo trainsets, but the smart move is probably to wait until the legal fight is resolved and then offer to buy the 2 WI Talgos for so many cents on the dollar.
The new Talgo sets are going into the Cascades operations pools to relieve the existing sets that are persistently confronted with 100% availability requirements. The additional, new sets could be theoretically fill the role of reliefs in the absence of additional round trips.
Furthermore, WSDOT does not
have long-term plans to buy Talgos. In fact, the state is researching right now the possibility of procuring bi-level equipment, which, of course, Talgo does not offer for the North American market. The state is a participant of the equipment buy-in that is being led by California, and it is quite likely future Cascades equipment (particularly locos) will be purchased for WSDOT from that pool.