[US] It’s alive! First meters of the first Brightline locomotive

It is the first privately funded rail project in the United States. Its ambitious, it is fast, it is brightly colored. In 2017 Brightline will start revenue earning services, connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Siemens delivers five trains consisting out of two Charger diesel locomotives and four Viaggio Comfort USA coaches.

On 08.09.2016, the first completed locomotive ran its first meters under its own power. This was done at a quarter mile long track at the Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California. After completion of the tests, Brightline officially approved series production of the remaining locomotives it has on order.

Did you know every Brightline train will have a different color? At the end of 2015 the designers of the Rockwell Group presented the “Bright Line”. They gave every set of coaches its own color: blue, red, yellow, green and purple.

Five trains, five colors - Copyright Brightline
Five trains, five colors – Copyright Brightline

The first completed trainset is expected to leave Sacramento and be delivered to Brightline at its West Palm Beach maintenance facility later this year.

The Brightline is a brand of All Aboard Florida. It wants to operate Brightline with speeds up to 200 km/h. Under the same contract, All Aboard is be able to order five extra compositions and/or add up to three coaches to the first batch of trains now under production. This depends on obtaining green light to expand the services to the airport of Orlando.