[US] Amtrak orders 75 Charger locomotives

  • Siemens Mobility secures EUR 744 million order from Amtrak (US)
  • 75 Charger diesel-electric locomotives
  • Includes a 20-year Technical Support Spares Supply Agreement
  • First machines to enter service Q3 2021

Just one week after the the VIA Rail order, Siemens write down another large order in its order book for passenger diesel locomotives. Amtrak, the United States‘ National Railroad Passenger Corporation, has awarded the manufacturer with a contract for 75 new Charger locomotives. These will primarily replace the aging Amtrak P40 and P42 locomotives used on long-distance and state-supported routes.

Photo: Siemens Mobility

It also includes a multi-year Technical Support Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA). Delivery of the new locomotives will begin in summer, 2021, with passenger service starting in fall, 2021. All locomotives are expected to be in service by 2024.

To be used from north-to-south and east-to-west:

  • Auto Train (Washington, DC to Orlando, FL)
  • California Zephyr (Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA)
  • Capitol Limited (Washington, DC to Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cardinal (New York, New York to Chicago, Illinois)
  • City of New Orleans (Chicago, Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Coast Starlight(Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California)
  • Crescent (New York, New York to New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Empire Builder (Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington)
  • Lake Shore Limited (Boston, Massachusetts to Chicago, Illinois)
  • Palmetto (New York, New York to Savannah, Georgia)
  • Silver Star/Silver Meteor (New York, New York to Miami, Florida)
  • Southwest Chief (Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California)
  • Sunset Limited (New Orleans, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California)
  • Texas Eagle (Chicago, Illinois to San Antonio, Texas).
Photo: Siemens Mobility

The locomotives are “Buy American-compliant,” and will be manufactured at Siemens Mobility’s North American rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, CA. The plant is powered by up to 80 percent renewable solar energy. The engines are manufactured by Cummins in its Seymour, Indiana plant.

The new locomotives are part of Amtrak’s long-term improvement strategy also including the Acela trainsets arriving in 2021 and ongoing improvements on stations in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Photo: Siemens Mobility