Amtrak orders 70 new electric locomotives from Siemens

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amtrak announced an order late yesterday for 70 new electric locomotives from Siemens USA for Northeast Corridor service. The six-year, $466 million contract comes as part of the national passenger railroad’s fleet modernization plan.

The Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 motors will be capable of speeds up to 125 mph on the corridor, and up to 110 between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa. The locomotives will be similar to Siemens’ Eurosprinter, a locomotive design that’s used widely on railways in both freight and passenger service in nine countries across Europe and Asia.

Siemens will build the locomotives at its plants in Sacramento, Calif.; Norwood, Ohio; and Alpharetta, Ga. Deliveries are expected to begin in February 2013.

The ACS-64s will take the place of AEM-7s and HHP-8s. Older AEM-7s are approaching 30 years of age and 3.5 million miles traveled, while the newer HHP-8s suffer from reliability problems.

The model has been designed to meet not-yet-required safety features, including push-back couplers designed to keep the train upright, in line, and on the tracks in the event of collision. They’ll also feature anti-climbing technology. They’re more energy-efficient than the locomotives they’re replacing, and offer regenerative braking that returns to the grid energy generated while braking.

As the new units arrive, Amtrak plans to retire all 20 current D.C. AEM-7s, and after they’re retired, the railroad will begin replacing its 29 A.C. AEM-7s. Once all the AEM-7s are gone, the railroad’s 15 HHP-8s will be phased out.

Amtrak released a fleet strategy plan in February that lays out requirements to completely replace its current fleet of cars and locomotives. The first order, for 130 single-level cars, came in July to builder CAF USA. The locomotive order is the second acquisition under the plan. The likely next step: an order for bilevel cars of a design similar to the current “California car” fleet.
ACS64
An artist’s rendering shows the planned appearance of Amtrak’s new ACS-64 electric locomotives. The railroad announced an order for 70 of them yesterday.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amtrak announced an order late yesterday for 70 new electric locomotives from Siemens USA for Northeast Corridor service. The six-year, $466 million contract comes as part of the national passenger railroad’s fleet modernization plan.

The Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 motors will be capable of speeds up to 125 mph on the corridor, and up to 110 between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa. The locomotives will be similar to Siemens’ Eurosprinter, a locomotive design that’s used widely on railways in both freight and passenger service in nine countries across Europe and Asia.

Siemens will build the locomotives at its plants in Sacramento, Calif.; Norwood, Ohio; and Alpharetta, Ga. Deliveries are expected to begin in February 2013.

The ACS-64s will take the place of AEM-7s and HHP-8s. Older AEM-7s are approaching 30 years of age and 3.5 million miles traveled, while the newer HHP-8s suffer from reliability problems.

The model has been designed to meet not-yet-required safety features, including push-back couplers designed to keep the train upright, in line, and on the tracks in the event of collision. They’ll also feature anti-climbing technology. They’re more energy-efficient than the locomotives they’re replacing, and offer regenerative braking that returns to the grid energy generated while braking.

As the new units arrive, Amtrak plans to retire all 20 current D.C. AEM-7s, and after they’re retired, the railroad will begin replacing its 29 A.C. AEM-7s. Once all the AEM-7s are gone, the railroad’s 15 HHP-8s will be phased out.

Amtrak released a fleet strategy plan in February that lays out requirements to completely replace its current fleet of cars and locomotives. The first order, for 130 single-level cars, came in July to builder CAF USA. The locomotive order is the second acquisition under the plan. The likely next step: an order for bilevel cars of a design similar to the current “California car” fleet.
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