[US / Expert] Visiting Siemens in the USA part 1: The Charger diesel locomotive

In a time of car-congested cities, air pollution and climate change, the United States is slowly re-discovering rail transport as a modern, comfortable and efficient way of travelling. With the help of German tech company Siemens many operators are now spending serious money on their fleets, showing the US how rail travel could be, and should be.

We are going to show you two large projects that are excellent examples of such comprehensive, game-changing railway projects. One urban and local, the other long distance and nationwide. Both will help to change the rusty image of rail travel in the USA:

  • Part 1: The Siemens Charger diesel locomotives (scroll down)

  • Part 2: New Siemens LRVs for San Francisco (to be published)

Let’s start with part 1, in which we tell you everything about the Siemens Charger diesel locomotive. How was Siemens able to get a foothold in the US market, who ordered these machines and how are they built?

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Siemens in the USA part 1: The Charger diesel locomotive

Since 2009, Siemens is gearing up in the US. The company is differentiating its ‘made in the USA’ product portfolio to improve the continuity of the workload of its Sacramento factory. The production and maintenance of LRVs for the North American market remain its core business, but by entering other rail markets, its wants to fill the gaps between large LRV orders. Electric and diesel-electric locomotives have been added to the program, the first passenger coaches are currently being commissioned. And the future? Maybe Sacramento will even be building high speed trains in the near future…

1.1 Starting of electric
It is quite remarkable. Siemens building diesel locomotives for US operators. Within a few years the German company successfully entered new markets. First there was the CitiesSprinter electric that was developed after securing a contract with Amtrak. US’ national passenger operator was searching for a new standard generation of locomotives to replace all its old and/or unreliable AEM-7 and HHP-8 type machines used on the on the Nord-East Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington DC.

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