Siemens delivers new locomotives to MARC, SEPTA

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MARC SC-44 No. 82
Two photos, James Belmont
SACRAMENTO – Maryland and Pennsylvania transit agencies are taking delivery of brand new Siemens passenger locomotives this winter. In Maryland, MARC received the first three of eight SC-44 "Charger" diesel-electric locomotives, and in Pennsylvania the first of 15 ACS-64 "Sprinter" electric locomotives for SEPTA was delivered this month.

The four locomotives traveled more than 2,700 miles across the country to their new homes in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Both SEPTA and MARC are replacing their aging fleets and expect to put the new locomotives into service sometime in early 2018.

The Siemens SC-44 Chargers are among the nation’s cleanest and are the first high-speed passenger diesel locomotive to receive Tier 4 emissions certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With the environmentally-friendly Cummins-built diesel engine, the locomotives reduce emissions by nearly 90 percent compared with Tier 0 locomotives.
SEPTA ACS-64 No. 901
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