Amtrak Tests New Siemens Mobility Venture Railcars

Amtrak is testing its new railcars, which are being manufactured by Siemens Mobility in Sacramento, California.

Among other things, the tests were check the positive train control systems at track speeds.

Amtrak testing its new railcars, manufactured by Siemens Mobility
Amtrak testing its new railcars, manufactured by Siemens Mobility

The central car is a railcar from Amtrak’s existing business car fleet, which here contains the test gear. The rest of the railcars are manufactured by Siemens, including the state-owned SC-44 locomotives, which entered into service in 2017.

Amtrak Midwest – the passenger rail corridors in the US states of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin – have ordered 97 cars. These Venture trainsets will serve the Blue Water, Hiawatha Service, Illini/Saluki, Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg, Lincoln Service, Missouri River Runner, Pere Marquette, and Wolverine corridors.

The arrangement of the Amtrak Midwest trainsets is such that they will be made up of married pairs (two coaches semi-permanently coupled with open gangway-style connections) and 26 individual coaches with traditional gangway connections.

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