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A walkthrough in Washington DC Acela Express depot in 2008

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Hi Friends, 


before sharing a bit with you my photo of Japanese trains, let me introduce something that may be also suprising for our American friends. 


Context: In2008, contracted by Alstom, I was involved in the roll-out of a solution for train care & maintenance in the US, rsp. Amtrak as final customer. Embedded in a 100% girl-team, I succeed in negotiating a tour of the premise with Alstom guys to have a better understanding of the shopfloor process. I was also authorized to shoot pictures by the Amtrak responsible.


I'll split the presentation


Localization : https://goo.gl/maps/viTFspPcim2HwoXJ6


First, a tour outside then I'll focus on the shopfloor itself, as you can see, it's also a yard where coaches are subject to small maintenance too. 


Click to enlarge the picture ...details are there



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Of course, it's focused on Acela Express. 



Let's have a look on wheels stock, and the coupling. Despite it's a full set, sometimes they are obliged to uncouple a coach ... rare view (2nd picture)

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Going to the shopfloor, a first tour of the Acela express, around (face of people are blurried)


If I don't mind, focus on equipmenst is (top to bottom of the post) - hydraulic, radio set, and waste water. 



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Before visiting the train itself


First the conductor compartment and of focus on doors control panel



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Then the different coaches incl 'the Café' with some details a microwave oven in 1st class, chillers ....those small things in white plastic, not very robust, and frequently broken thus frequently replaced - basically you've exactly the same in planes for chiiling the trolleys etc ...



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