On Thu, 11 Jul 2019 at 08:56, Greg King transitclassics@...>
> What confounds me is, they cry that there are not enough cars and yet they
> are scrapping the ALRV’s and CLRV’s with indecent haste. I think there is
> only about 5 ALRV’s left on the property. They may not be what they want at
> the moment but it seems bloody minded to remove them before the rest of the
> new fleet are in service!
They stopped doing any serious maintenance on the cars when they ordered
the replacements. They also salt the roads - the withdrawn cars had rust
holes you could put your hand through.
So the old cars are unreliable and full of rust.
You could argue they shouldn't have let them get into that condition in the
first place, but it's done now and between Bombardier's broken promises and
a poor political situation they are stuck.
I gotten workshops tours of 2 major European operators where it snows in
winter. A major part of their heavy overhauls is corrosion repairs. Major
amounts of welding at the 10-year overhauls - particularly the undersides.