Ooo... that looks way too nice and real... xD
Originally Posted by Mac Write
How many cars would they order to replace the 115? and what types (A/B, C)? Here's an idea.
108 Mark II C cars which would give us 54 Mark II trains, then 8 A/B cars +the 28 for evergreen line for 2 car trains for that line?
Would this work out best? 54 Mark II trains+10 4-car Mark I trains? That seems like a massive capacity upgrade.
I'm nominally in favour of that idea; however, i don't know of the economics justify it that much anymore. It may work to retrofit the Mark II second generation trains, since those are like two years old at the least... but the Mark II first generation trains in comparison are like 11 years old now and they probably won't last that long in comparison to their proposed mid-sections.
In addition, when passing by the current maintenance shop, I usually only see 2-car sets being managed one at a time... so adding four car sets may slow down and add extra inefficiencies to the maintenance process. Or we can try some sort of detachable articulation joint like on the West Coast Express, although that poses its own unique problems.
Those concerns aside, the difference in size and spacing issue that may arise between the proposed new C cars compared to the current A-A joined arrangement could be resolved by modifying the design of the newer trains' midsections so that the doors of each specifically match the longer/shorter length of each end of the train.