Amtrak Unveils Advanced Technology Locomotives for Northeast Service

  Amtrak Unveils Advanced Technology Locomotives for Northeast Service

   Siemens-built equipment to improve reliability, efficiency and mobility

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- May 13, 2013

A new era of more reliable and energy efficient Amtrak service for Northeast
intercity rail passengers is coming down the tracks as the first of 70
advanced technology electric locomotives being built by Siemens begin rolling
off the assembly line today. The first units of the $466 million order will be
field tested this summer for entry into revenue service in the fall.

The new Amtrak locomotives are being assembled in Siemens' Sacramento, Calif.,
rail manufacturing pl ...

The new Amtrak locomotives are being assembled in Siemens' Sacramento, Calif.,
rail manufacturing plant with parts from nearly 70 suppliers, representing
more than 60 cities and 23 states. (Photo: Business Wire)

“The new Amtrak locomotives will help power the economic future of the
Northeast region, provide more reliable and efficient service for passengers
and support the rebirth of rail manufacturing in America,” said Amtrak
President and CEO Joseph Boardman. “Built on the West Coast for service in the
Northeast with suppliers from many states, businesses and workers from across
the country are helping to modernize the locomotive fleet of America’s

Using Siemens’ innovative and proven rail technology, the Amtrak Cities
Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotives are being assembled in Siemens’ Sacramento,
Calif., rail manufacturing plant powered by renewable energy, with parts built
from its plants in Norwood, Ohio, Alpharetta, Ga., and Richland, Miss., and
nearly 70 suppliers, representing more than 60 cities and 23 states.

The new locomotives will operate on Northeast Regional trains at speeds up to
125 mph on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) along the Washington – New York –
Boston route and on Keystone Service trains at speeds up to 110 mph on the
Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa. In addition, all
long-distance trains operating on the NEC will be powered by the new

“More and more Americans are parking their cars and choosing the comfort and
convenience of trains, metros and streetcars as their preferred way of
traveling. We’re proud of the innovations we’ve brought to passengers and
commuters to expand their transportation options” said Michael Cahill,
president of Siemens Rail Systems division in the U.S. “From downtown
streetcar systems to regional, passenger rail lines, Siemens’ transportation
solutions like the next-generation Amtrak locomotives enhance safety, boost
efficiency and performance, and are built in America leveraging Siemens’ U.S.
manufacturing hubs and supply chain.”

The new locomotives are designed for easier maintenance, will improve energy
efficiency by using a regenerative braking system that will feed energy back
into the power grid and will enhance mobility for the people, businesses and
economy of the entire Northeast region. They also meet the latest federal rail
safety regulations.

"We are committed to connecting people, communities and jobs. This project
does all three," said Karen Hedlund, Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator.
"Investing in manufacturing these 70 new locomotives are creating and
preserving jobs in 60 cities across the country while meeting the growing
demand for improved reliability and service along the Northeast and Keystone

The first three locomotives will undergo a comprehensive testing program this
summer, including two at a U.S. Department of Transportation facility in
Pueblo, Colo., and one on the NEC. Once they are commissioned, production of
the remaining units will ramp up for monthly delivery through 2016.

The new locomotives are part of a comprehensive Amtrak Fleet Strategy Plan to
modernize and expand its equipment. The new units will replace electric
locomotives that have between 25 and 35 years of service and average mileage
of more than 3.5 million miles traveled with some approaching 4.5 million

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About Siemens Rail Systems

Siemens designs and manufactures the entire spectrum of rolling stock
including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars,
metros, locomotives and high-speed train sets. Siemens is a top rail supplier
in the U.S. providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems for
cities such as Denver, Salt Lake, Minneapolis, Houston, Portland, Boston,
Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta and Charlotte.

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Amtrak: 202-906-3860
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