|TURBOLINER (RTL-II/RTL-III) TRAINSETS|
|The New York State Dept. of Transportation, Amtrak and the FRA provided funding to refurbish and upgrade the RTL trainsets built by Rohr Industries in the mid-1970s. The RTL-II was rebuilt in 1995, and featured higher horsepower turbines than the original equipment. The configuration of the RTL-II was: 2131-2279-2380-2281-2139. It was sent to SuperSteel Schenectady, Inc., in the summer of 2003, to await andother transformation, this time to an RTL-III. As events unfolded, the trainset was never converted, and it was scrapped in 2013.
The original RTL-III program envisioned seven five-car trainsets. The first RTL-III trainset entered revenue service in April 2003, with the second one placed in revenue service a few weeks later. The third RTL-III was delivered to Albany/Rensselaer in September 2003, but was never used in active service. The three trainsets were effectively placed in dead storage due to problems with the air conditioning and other onboard systems that prevented them from being placed in regular revenue service.
In September 2004 the three RTL-III trainsets were moved to Amtrak's Bear, DE facility, where they remain today. While the RTL-III refurbishments were in progress, Amtrak and Amtrak and New York State DOT attempted to renegotiate the configurations, with the possibility of adding an additional coach to existing trainsets. During the summer of 2004, negotiations stopped when the three RTL-IIIs were moved to Delaware, and the state of New York sued Amtrak over the alleged lack of support to bring 125-mph train service the the Empire State. SuperSteel Schenectady was ordered to stop work on the remaining trainsets.
Eventually all remaining RTL-III car shells, as well as the RTL-II were stored outside the SuperSteel facility. Another company now occupies the building. In late 2012 the New York State Dept. of Transportation (NYSDOT) auctioned off the car shells, RTL-II and miscellaneous spare parts. The cars were all scrapped in January 2013.
In January 2018, Amtrak moved RTL-III trainsets 1 and 3 (see below) to the Adams Maintence of Way facility to use as emergency repsonse training shells. Trainset 2 will reportedly be scrapped in place at Bear. Each five-car RTL-III trainset consisted of a Turbopower car - Coach - Cafe - Coach - Turbopower car. On the RTL-III, the odd-numbered Turbopower cars is configured for Business Class, while the other is configured for Coach.
These trainsets were renumbered to make room for new P42s.
The configurations of the RTL-III trainsets are:
Trainset 1: 2135-2270-2383-2272-2158
Trainset 2: 2141-2288-2374-2284-2162
Trainset 3: 2143-2276-2389-2273-2150
Information on specific equipment follows:
|Coach-RTL-III||2270, 2272, 2284
2288, 2273, 2276
|Cafe-RTL-III||2374, 2383, 2389||52||0|
|Turbopower (RTL-II)||2131, 2139||27 (Business Class)||0|
|Turbopower (RTL-III)||2135*, 2141, 2143
2150, 2158, 2162
|24 (Business Class)
|TURBOLINER POWER CARS|
|* RTL-III Turbopower car 2155 was renumbered to 2135.|
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