|TURBOLINER (RTL-II/RTL-III) TRAINSETS|
|The New York State Dept. of Transportation, Amtrak and the FRA were funding the refurbishment of the RTL trainsets that were originally built by Rohr Industries in the mid-1970s. The RTL-II was rebuilt in 1995, and featured higher horsepower turbines than the original equipment. It was sent to SuperSteel Schenectady, Inc., in the summer of 2003, and the cars are presently off the active roster awaiting rebuilding into RTL-IIIs. The original RTL-III program envisioned seven five-car trains, and Amtrak and New York State DOT attempted to renegotiate the configurations with the possibility of adding an additional coach to existing trainsets. As of the summer of 2004, negotiations stopped, 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.
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.
Each five-car trainset consists 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 configuration of the RTL-II was: 2131-2279-2380-2281-2139. This trainset was removed from service in late 2002, and was sent to SuperSteel for a planned refurbishment into an RTL-III.
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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