I'm still waiting for clarification of the paint job offerings. Phase VI is being shown as Phase III for the viewliners but actual Phase III for the Amfleets on the site.
Are phase IVb and phase VI going to be added for orders?
The Phases can get confusing, so here’s some clarification. The Phase III that we see on Viewliners today is not Phase VI. It is considered by Amtrak to be a variation of Phase III, just with updated branding. Amtrak’s reasoning for this is to be consistent. They wanted a throwback to arguably one of their best paint schemes ever, but still wanted the equipment to look like it had a place with the other paint schemes. The colors are the same, but there is the addition of the sill stripe found on Phase VI equipment,(what some call Phase IVb) and the addition of the travelmark.
The reason why Phase VI, which looks like it should be called Phase IVb, is its own paint scheme is because the colors are different. The colors are very similar, but if one looks at 2 cars side by side, it isn’t all that difficult to see the difference.
Now you might ask, “Ok, what is Phase V on passenger equipment?” The answer is the Acela, Turboliners as they appear in storage today, and the Capstone Amfleets.
If anybody wants more info, please refer to the paint scheme and branding guide I posted on the forum a while back. That will answer all your questions. Search and you will find it. Let me be clear-I am not an official source, but the guide I posted is.
As for the main topic, I can’t wait for these cars. I’ve got 3 Amfleet coaches and a baggage on order. Like others have mentioned, if Scott decides to do a super tiny run of the Beech Grove and American View cars, I will order one each of those as well. That said, Scott may be better off offering those in a set of executive cars. The tooling pretty much already exists for a set to be produced. Presumably all it would take is minor modifications to the GN Great Dome, SP 10-6 sleeper, and an Amfleet coach/Viewliner sleeper to represent #10031 Ocean View, #10020 Pacific Cape, and #10001 Beech Grove/10004 American View. But that’s assuming Scott considers making them at all though. I have hope.