Siemens‘ 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.
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.