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Re: And the R-179 contract goes to....

Posted by J trainloco on Thu Mar 29 22:32:09 2012, in response to Re: And the R-179 contract goes to...., posted by randyo on Thu Mar 29 18:33:11 2012.

In today's world of proprietary components, the only way such a compatibility could be achieved would be requiring every bidder to use the same components. Sole sourcing of the components would drive the price up significantly, and likely dissuade some companies from bidding at all. For example, Alstom, Kawasaki and Bombardier all have different propulsion packages. How would you mandate that these be made compatible?

Why would you even need it anyway? Even the R32-R42 classes were often not interoperated, and they were mechanically very similar. And with today's maintenance proceedures, fleet availability of individual car classes is such that you wouldn't need to mix classes.

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