Trains to Embody Scotland
Lauren Heartsill Dowdle | August 22, 2013
The country is updating its Caledonian sleeper franchise, adding “quality of service” as an important point for bidders to address. So instead of just taking the lowest bid, the Scottish Government officials are looking for trains that are “emblematic of Scotland” when they review bids.
“We want people to step into Scotland when they join the sleeper,” said Transport Scotland, according to The Scotsman.
And the government means business: They will use £60 million of Scottish Government money to upgrade the 40-year-old carriages, £10m more than previously announced.
It should be interesting to see what direction the bid winner, who will be announced in 2014, will take with this rail service. If they take my advice, the cabins will be castle-themed, have large windows to enjoy the nature and serve fresh food, and the crews will wear kilts.
MORE FROM The Roadologist
- VIDEO: CBS’s '60 Minutes' spotlights America's neglected infrastructure219 Views
- Rollover accident caused from surprise gravel road144 Views
- Don't drink and drive...especially your wheel loader!114 Views
- Texas leads U.S. equipment purchases in Q3, sales down 19 percent from 201392 Views
- Obama names new highway safety chief82 Views