Amtrak Cities Sprinter, Let the Testing Begin!

ACS-64 goes to Pueblo for testing

First we gave you sneak peek photos of our new Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotives, followed by their most impressive facts, and even a chance for you to spot them along the rails.  Next on our ACS-64 journey is TESTING! That’s right, today Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo and Siemens Rail Systems President Michael Cahill traveled to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Transportation Technology Center (TTC) facility in Pueblo, Colo., to observe a testing demonstration. But what really happens at a testing facility? Find out below.

Interior of the ACS-64 locomotive

Safety First

In Pueblo, the Amtrak Cities Sprinter will undergo more than 45 tests, including checks for speed runs, braking, acceleration and operational safety.

ACS-64 Locomotive

Enjoy the Ride

Engineers will examine the ride quality by using instruments to measure noise and wheel vibrations.

ACS-64 goes to Pueblo for testing

There’s no I in TEAM

With partners in Pueblo, Wilmington, Dela., as well as at Siemens and the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak has a large team devoted to testing the ACS-64 to ensure that the equipment is safe, reliable and efficient.

Amtrak CEO and Siemens Rail Systems President

Our CEO Says It Best

“These locomotives are the new workhorses of the Amtrak fleet in the Northeast and they must meet our performance-based specifications and reliability needs, so we can keep the region’s people and economy moving,” says Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman (left in photo with Siemens Rail Systems President Michael Cahill).

More Facts, Please!

If you’re as excited as we are about the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter, access more exclusive content below:

Sneak Peek Photos of our New Locomotives
New Locomotives Roll Off Assembly Line
New Amtrak Locomotives: The Facts
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