New Amtrak electrics enter service on ‘Keystone’ corridor

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PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak has begun operating its new Cities Sprinter ACS-64 electric locomotives on its Keystone Service between New York, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg. The first revenue train to be pulled by the new locomotives was train No. 605 from Philadelphia to Harrisburg on Oct. 20.

Amtrak and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania share the revenue and operating and equipment maintenance costs of the corridor.

Amtrak is acquiring 70 of the new locomotives replacing older AEM7, AEM7AC, and HHP-8 electrics on the Northeast and Keystone corridors. More than a dozen ACS-64 units are now in service with the remainder to be delivered through the end of 2015.

Ridership on the Keystone Service has grown to more than one million riders annually, up 60 percent since more than $145 million worth of infrastructure improvements were made under the Keystone Corridor Improvement Program in 2006. The upgrades have enabled faster speeds and more frequent departures for Keystone Service trains.

The locomotives are being built by Siemens and assembled at its facility in Sacramento, Calif.

For more on the ACS-64 locomotives, see the January 2015 issue of Trains Magazine, available soon.

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