Did you guys use NJ Transit's ALP-45DP and ALP-46 locomotives as the "baseline" for the City Sprinters?
Sneak Peek Photos of Our New Locomotives
Today we are debuting the first round of our new electric Siemens locomotives in Sacramento. They're called Cities Sprinters and they'll replace our entire electric fleet in the Northeast Corridor by 2016. That's 70 locomotives, a $466 million investment and the creation and preservation of jobs in 60 cities across the country.
Did we mention that they're more energy efficient and will be able to reach speeds of 125 mph?
Check out four sneak peek photos of our new locomotives!
The Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotives are being assembled at the solar-powered Siemens’ rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California.
Building the Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotives is providing work for 69 suppliers in 61 cities from 23 states.
The Cities Sprinter locomotives, which will operate on our Northeast Regional trains at speeds up to 125 mph, are designed to improve reliability, efficiency and mobility.
Joe Boardman, Amtrak President & CEO, (left) and Michael Cahill, President of Siemens Rail Systems division in the U.S., stand with one of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotives.
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Hope you will post information about shakedown scheduling for the NEC testing of the single unit. Some of us will travel there to see it.
Just a procedural question...How do you get an electric engine from Sacramento to the NE Corridor? Can you put it in neutral and have a diesel pull them to DE Shops or what?
why are the engines in the USA not aerodynamically designed like their counterparts in Europe & Japan?
@RichardBowley That's really interesting. I didn't know that.
@DanielJWebster will likely get thrown either on a freight train or behind the P42s on the California Zephyr. One, at least is going to Pueblo for FRA testing and certification.
@tonhag The European counterpart to this engine is the EuroSprinter by Siemens which looks almost identical. As others have mentioned, these are meant to be bi-directional workhorses, and not part of a bullet train. That being said, they can still go "higher speed" at 125mph, which is hit quite often on the NE Corridor. By the comparison, the Acela (which is a full train set) is more streamlined and currently operates up to 150mph, with a 160mph stretch opening in a few years. Its replacements will be at least as streamlined as it and also go at least 160.
@tonhag American design is so handicapped by ludicrous FRA crashworthness requirements that dictate all rail vehicles be built like tanks and able to survive a direct nuclear strike (OK nasty collision) which makes them very heavy and not so streamlined. Bureaucrats stuck in 1919!
@tonhag They're not designed to reach speeds of 200mph due to the tracks Amtrak runs on.
@tonhag This is not a high speed locomotive. It CAN do 125 mph but won't. The TGV/ICE/AVE type trains in Europe are designed for 200 mph.
That, of couse is due to the age of the PRR/Penn Central and New Haven Railroad infrastructure the Acela runs on.