Earlier this week, we unveiled the Amtrak Cities Sprinter (go here or here if you missed it), our new electric Siemens locomotives that will operate in our Northeast corridor. Now that you've seen the photos, you need to know the facts. Here are the seven things you should know about the new fleet.
1. Made in America
The assembly of the Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) will provide work for 69 local manufacturers in 23 states across 60 cities in the United States.
2.Shiny and New
The 70 new locomotives are replacing equipment that has been in service for more than 25 years and average mileage of more than 3.5 million miles traveled. The new locomotives are part of our comprehensive Fleet Strategy Plan to modernize and add equipment.
3. Keeping it Green
Our new locomotives will be easier to maintain, more energy efficient and provide improved performance for regional and intercity routes.
The ACS-64 can reach speeds up to 125 mph pulling up to 18 Amfleet coach cars.
5. East Bound
Amtrak Cities Sprinter will operate on the Northeast and Keystone corridors as well as on long-distance trains on the Northeast corridor.
6. Testing Makes Perfect
Three locomotives will undergo a variety of tests this summer including ride quality, maximum speed and diagnostics. The testing will take place at the U.S. Department of Transportation facility in Pueblo, Colorado and on the Northeast corridor.
7. Two by Two
The first locomotive is expected to begin service in fall 2013. The remaining units are scheduled for delivery two per month through 2016.