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Amtrak leads the charge with Siemens trains and high-tech hub.

Posted on Sep 6, 2017

Amtrak has launched Siemens's latest Charger train.jpg“These are among the nation’s cleanest locomotives and we’re proud to have not only worked closely with Amtrak and the state Department of Transportation to bring these to the Midwest, but also our robust chain of suppliers from across the country,”

Passengers in America’s Midwest can now benefit from quicker, smoother and safer trains, after Amtrak launched the first of its 33-train fleet of Siemens Charger trains that will be backed by a state of the art train hub.

The trains, which will run across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri will be controlled by the 4000 m2 Delaware facility that remotely collects and analyses information from more than 800 data points on each train every day.

Not just servicing the Midwest, the facility will use Internet of Things predictive maintenance technology to monitor more than 140 diesel and electric locomotives for customers including Maryland Transit Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“We’re building these locomotives in California, for the US, bringing the latest technologies to life for riders,” said Armin Kick, Siemens Mobility Vice President for Locomotives, in the company’s bid to deliver the latest technologies to passengers. “These are among the nation’s cleanest locomotives and we’re proud to have not only worked closely with Amtrak and the state Department of Transportation to bring these to the Midwest, but also our robust chain of suppliers from across the country,” said Kick.

Amtrak’s 125-mph Charger train was launched in Chicago this week, when details were revealed about regenerative braking that lowers fuel consumption and a 4,400 horsepower engine that produces 90 percent less emissions than before, in line with the highest federal environmental standards. A director from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, David Simon, hoped the trains would encourage more people to use the network. “We look forward to the improved efficiency and reliability that the Siemens Charger locomotives bring to intercity passenger rail services across the Midwest,” said Simon.

Click here to get your free copy of the new frontiers in transport ticketing digital guideThe joint deal between the five Midwest states served by the Siemens Charger trains was lauded by Michigan’s Department of Transportation Office of Rail, Tim Hoeffner, who said the procurement that replace old train showed that different territories could work effectively together. “In the coming weeks, Michigan will begin the replacement of older engines with brand new, high-tech locomotives operating on all of our passenger rail corridors, which will complement our 110-mph service.”

The Siemens Charger trains were paid for by $215m in federal funds and will be owned by the states and leased by Amtrak. 


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