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Old 05-13-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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Here is a recent announcement (and photograph) of Amtrak's new Siemens-built electric locomotives. Why mention this in an Acela thread? The following might give a clue to the future of that equipment:

The locomotives, called Amtrak Cities Sprinters, are based on Siemens' latest European electric locomotive and will replace Amtrak equipment that has been in service for 20 to 30 years and has logged an average of 3.5 million miles.

Simply having the same type of locomotive in operation should cut costs, according to Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm. Amtrak now uses three locomotive models, requiring slightly different maintenance, parts and training.

"Now, we will have one model, one inventory and one training program, and all that will help efficiency," Kulm said.

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