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What is the Purpose of This
« on: September 30, 2011, 12:49:55 PM »
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Shot this today over in Alexandria, Va.  Anyone know what that piece of equipment on the roof is used for?



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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011, 01:30:31 PM »
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On-board WiFi? Some of VIA's first class coaches have these radio domes so they can provide on-board wireless internet for travellers. This arrangement looks a little different, but it's definately and antenna array of some sort.

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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011, 01:37:56 PM »
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That is probably it. When I went to Raleigh on the Carolinian 2 weeks ago, they mentioned they would have it on the train starting October 1st so that could very well be the wi-fi antenna. And since they run in sets, putting on the cafe car would make sense,

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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011, 02:29:54 PM »
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That train is the Carolinian.  Never thunk about wyfy but makes sense.  First time I've noticed it.

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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2011, 07:07:51 PM »
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Yeah, I believe Amtrak is on a push to get wi-fi on their trains across the system. I know 30th St. Station had it plastered everywhere for in-station as well as coming soon to the train,

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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011, 08:24:37 PM »
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It is a wifi antenna. All cafe and dining cars are to be outfitted for east coast trains. Not sure about the superliners.
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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2011, 09:34:56 AM »
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they wanted to control the interior lighting with a decoder, but were too lazy to remove the shell for proper installation... :trollface:
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Re: What is the Purpose of This
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2011, 09:40:04 AM »
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Nice one Lee.

Now who will be the first to do an aftermarket upgrade for all those Kato cars?  David, here's a chance to beat everyone on something new.