High Speed Trains for Amtrak
John Pond BLOG. AMTRAK ENGINEERS TEST ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE MOCK-UP AT SIEMENS PLANT IN SACRAMENTO Project on target for 2013 delivery date. PHOTO: “Interior cab mock-up of new Amtrak electric locomotives at Siemens Sacramento based manufacturing facility.”
Amtrak awarded Siemens a six-year – US$466 million contract to build 70 electric locomotives to operate on the US Northeast Corridor.The first Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 electric locomotive is scheduled for delivery in 2013 and will operate at speeds up to 125 mph (201 kph) from Washington, D.C. to Boston and up to 110 mph (177 kph) on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa. They will replace locomotives in service between 20 and 30 years.
About Amtrak®: Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service as America’s Railroad, Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 28.7 million passengers travelled on Amtrak in FY 2011 on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Amtrak also is a strong financial performer achieving an 85 percent cost-recovery ratio in FY 2010 Visit Amtrak.com or your local contact at momentotravel.com.au or call 1 300 300 713 for schedules, fares and more information. JP: High speed trains are the way to go. When overseas, I use them as much as possible, they are often faster than planes when you take into account traveling times to airports and the added bonus of scenery.