A Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., has begun assembling "advanced-technology" electric locomotives to fulfill a $466 million order from Amtrak.
The 70 locomotives will provide intercity rail service in the Northeast, as part of a comprehensive plan to modernize and expand Amtrak's fleet.
The Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotives will replace electric locomotives that have logged as many as 35 years and 4.5 million miles of service, according to Amtrak.
The new locomotives will travel at speeds up to 125 mph along the Washington-New York-Boston corridor and up to 110 mph along the Philadelphia-Harrisburg corridor.
Siemens plants in Norwood, Ohio, Alpharetta, Ga., and Richland, Miss. – along with nearly 70 suppliers – are providing parts and components for the locomotives, according to Siemens.
"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," Amtrak said in a news release. "They also meet the latest federal rail-safety regulations."
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 Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, according to Amtrak.
Once the locomotives are commissioned, production of the remaining units will ramp up for monthly delivery through 2016.