New Acela makes test run in Pennsylvania

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Amtrak's second next-generation Acela trainset passes through Overbrook, Pa., during a test run on Thursday. The first trainset is testing in Colorado.
Gary Pancavage

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s next-generation Acela made its first test on Amtrak trackage on Thursday, with the second Alstom-built trainset making a round trip from Penn Coach Yard in Philadelphia to Thorndale, Pa., some 35 miles West of Philadelphia on the line to Harrisburg, Pa. The first Acela trainset continues to test at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., near Pueblo, Colo, and recently reached a speed of 165 mph, faster than its planned top speed on the Northeast Corridor. [See “New Acela reaches 165 mph,” Trains News Wire, May 22, 2020.] Alstom is building 28 of the new Acela trainsets, with the first expected to enter service next year.

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