Siemens gets first advanced electric locomotives for Amtrak rolling

Siemens has completed the first three of 70 advanced technology electric locomotives it is building in Sacramento for Amtrak, in what is the largest contract ever for local plant.

“This is the beginning of the fleet,” Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rail Systems division in the United States, told the Business Journal. “The first three are ready.”

Siemens will test these first units of the $466 million order from Amtrak this summer before the locomotives are put into service for Amtrak’s Northeast intercity rail passengers in the fall.

“The new Amtrak locomotives will help power the economic future of the Northeast region, provide more reliable and efficient service for passengers and support the rebirth of rail manufacturing in America,” Amtrak president and CEO Joseph Boardman said in a news release.

The contract, which Siemens signed 2 ½ years ago, has provided “additional job security for a lot of people” in Sacramento, Cahill said.

As the Business Journal reported at that time, the Amtrak job created 200 jobs for Siemens in Sacramento.

The project also has been boosting the business of suppliers in Sacramento and across the country, given the 20,000 parts needed for the locomotives. Siemens will deliver these locomotives each month through the end of 2015.

Siemens will have work servicing and supporting these Amtrak locomotives for the next 25 to 30 years, given that’s the lifespan of these vehicles, Cahill said.

“In 2010 we started this effort, and today’s delivery of the first new electric locomotives by Siemens … to serve Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is a testament to the integral role our region plays in our nation’s larger transportation system,” U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui said in an email statement. “The partnership between Siemens and Amtrak created jobs right here in Sacramento, replaced older and dirtier units with more energy efficient ones and adhered to Buy America guidelines. I applaud Siemens, and their employees, for bringing their superior craftsmanship to the project and Amtrak for their commitment to Sacramento. They are laying the groundwork for future growth in Sacramento and across the nation.”

Before this contract, the Sacramento plant’s largest contract was in 2008, when Siemens landed a $278 million contract to supply 77 light rail trains to Salt Lake City, Cahill said.

The Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotives will operate on Northeast Regional trains at speeds up to 125 mph on the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C. and Boston, and on Keystone Service trains at speeds up to 110 mph on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa., the release said.


Source : bizjournals

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