Amtrak and Siemens have celebrated completion of the 70th and final Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotive at the company’s rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California. The milestone marks the culmination of a more than five-year partnership as the final high-efficiency locomotive heads to the Northeast Corridor for commissioning and revenue service.
The locomotive, built by Siemens in Sacramento with components from more than 60 U.S. suppliers, is part of a new fleet of 70 high-efficiency vehicles that have helped usher in a new era of mobility and improved performance and reliability along the heavily travelled Northeast and Keystone Corridors.
“Amtrak is integral to the daily life of the Northeast and our new locomotives will keep the people and businesses of the region connected and on the move,” said Joseph Boardman, President and CEO of Amtrak ( @ ). “These new locomotives deliver the reliable and efficient Amtrak service our passengers depend on as well as support the growth of the region.”
Siemens employees spent an average of 7,000 hours building each locomotive, equalling nearly half a million total hours for all 70 ACS-64s. The locomotives have been designed and built with advanced technology including a state-of-the-art microprocessor system performs self-diagnosis of technical issues, takes self-corrective action and notifies the locomotive engineer. In addition, the energy efficient locomotives use a regenerative braking system to feed energy back into the power grid. Together, the locomotives could save over 3 billion kilowatt hours of energy and could result in more than $300 million in savings over their intended lifetime.
"Today we mark an important manufacturing milestone in Sacramento, where our residents are building the machines of the future," said Congresswoman Doris Matsui ( @ ). "When we make investments in our clean energy infrastructure, as we have with these locomotives, it is a win for both our economy and the environment. I look forward to continued work with Siemens to build on this progress and advance important transportation projects across the country."
The first Amtrak locomotive was unveiled at the Siemens manufacturing plant in 2013, followed by a rigorous testing program at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Transportation Technology Center (TTC) facility in Pueblo, CO. The advanced technology locomotive first entered revenue service in February 2014, beginning a new era of mobility in the Northeast region. Vice President Biden was on-hand to mark the passenger service milestone and emphasized the importance of next-generation rail transportation for the country’s infrastructure. The final 70th locomotive celebrated at the Siemens manufacturing plant will now head to the Northeast Corridor for final commissioning and revenue service.
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“We’ve been extremely honoured to be a part of Amtrak’s core mission to connect cities and communities with efficient rail passenger rail service” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock ( @ ).
“Marking this important manufacturing milestone today, and our ability to produce these 70 locomotives ahead of schedule and on-budget, is a testament to the strong partnership and collaboration between Siemens and Amtrak throughout the project. We will be proud to watch these workhorses continue to come to life on the Northeast Corridor.”
The Sacramento manufacturing plant has been in operation for over 30 years and employs nearly 1,000 people. The 583,000 square-foot rail plant boasts full manufacturing capabilities including design, engineering, testing, carshell, bogies, subassembly and final assembly. To meet growing demand for its passenger rail locomotive and coach technology, Siemens recently opened a new 125,000-sqft expansion at the plant and has hired over 100 employees over the past year which includes over 60 welders. The plant is currently engineering and building electric locomotives for SEPTA, new diesel-electric charger locomotives for the Departments of Transportation in Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri, Washington and Maryland, light rail vehicles for four cities, and high-speed trainsets for Brightline.
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