Siemens Delivers 3 New Amtrak Locomotives Under $466M Contract

SiemensLogoSiemens‘ rail systems business has delivered the first three of 70 new electric locomotives designed to operate on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor route from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa., according to a Bloomberg article.

According to article author Angela Greiling Keane, Amtrak ordered the new locomotives in 2010 under a $466 million contract to replace engines that have been in service for 35 years.

Joseph Boardman, Amtrak’s CEO, said the company will test the new units for two and a half months and run them on the Northeast railroad by November.

amtrakBloomberg reports the first set was paid for with a $532 million loan from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rail Systems’ U.S. division, estimates the new units will generate $300 million in energy savings over their 20-year lifespan because of new technology that can recapture energy from braking.

Amtrak also plans to issue a solicitation for replacements to its Acela fleet of locomotives and passenger cars, Boardman said.

Around 60 cars are up for replacement in the Acela high-speed train sets based in California.

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