The new locomotives, called the Amtrak Cities Sprinter, will serve as the workhorses of Amtrak Northeast Corridor operations, according to a release by Amtrak. The engines will power all Northeast Regional and long-distance trains between Washington, New York, and Boston, matching current trip-times at speeds up to 125 mph.
The first train, Amtrak Northeast Regional #171, will leave from Boston February 7th. Amtrak plans to eventually use the locomotives on the Keystone Service between New York, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg.
The Siemens-built locomotives are being assembled in Sacramento, CA using parts from nearly 70 suppliers in 23 states. They will replace trains which have been on the rails an average of 25-35 years and delivery is planned to be complete by the end of 2015.
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