This week's video takes a look inside one of Siemen's newest train factories located in Sacramento, California. Last year Siemens announced that is aims to expand its footprint in Sacramento by opening a new 60,000 square-foot plant solely dedicated to its growing rail service, maintenance and repair operations. The new site, located in McClellan Park, is Siemens Mobility Customer Services U.S. headquarters and West Coast logistics hub. It houses the company’s rail refurbishment operations, rail bogie service centre, accident repair, spare parts delivery and administrative offices. One of the first projects which started at the facility was the $21 million contract to modernise 32 SD160 light rail vehicles for Calgary Transit in Alberta, Canada. Now the factory is producing four passenger trains and locomotives every month for the new Metropolitan Brightline.
“This expansion signals our dedication to servicing and modernizing rail systems across North America while continuing to deliver industry-leading manufacturing expertise, ensuring that our customers can continue to make the most of their rail systems,” said Chris Maynard, Head of Customer Service for Siemens Mobility.
The first Brightline trainset is approximately 489 feet long and is being transported across the country via rail, journeying 3,052 miles from Sacramento to Florida. Construction on the first car shell began in July 2015. Four additional trainsets for Brightline’s first phase are being built at Siemens. Brightline expects delivery of these additional trainsets in four additional bright hues: pink, red, orange and green by the end of March.
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