Thursday, January 12, 2012

Amtrak to Start Building Electric Locomotives This Year

Amtrak will build the first of 70 planned electric locomotives and 130 long-distance cars this year to update its fleet, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman said.
The U.S. national passenger railroad plans to extend electronic ticketing to all trains this year and improve service in the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston, Boardman told reporters on a conference call today.
... The equipment purchases, under two contracts worth $764 million, “show our commitment to long-distance service,” he said. The U.S. unit of Munich-based Siemens AG (SIE) is building the locomotives and CAF USA, the U.S. unit of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA of Beasain, Spain, has the rail-car contract. Continued

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