An impression of the proposed interior of a refurbished Coach class Amfleet I saloon. Image: Amtrak.

USA: Amtrak has announced the start of work to refurbish its Amfleet I hauled coaches, which are widely used on its Northeast Corridor and Midwest inter-city services.

The $16m refurbishment and overhaul programme covers more than 450 vehicles, with completion planned for mid-2018. A phased approach is being adopted to ensure ‘uninterrupted service for customers’, the operator says.

The refurbishment will include the provision of:

  • new seat cushions, carpets and toilet flooring;
  • LED reading lights;
  • enhanced wainscoting and bulkhead design;
  • new curtains in Business Class;
  • redesigned galleys in the buffet cars.

Materials included in the refresh have been sourced from ‘approximately a dozen’ domestic suppliers in 10 states, Amtrak reports. The refurbishment work will be carried out at eight depots across the northeastern USA.