Siemens to build new locomotives for SEPTA

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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Siemens has been awarded a $118 million USD contract to build 13 ACS-64 electric locomotives for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), operator of regional and mass transit in Philadelphia, Pa., the company announced Nov. 11, 2015. The contract includes the supply of spare parts and operation and maintenance training. An option to deliver up to an additional five locomotives is also part of the contract.

The electric locomotives, which will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., will be virtually identical to the ACS-64s Siemens has been supplying to Amtrak. Like Amtrak, SEPTA has an aging fleet of AEM7 electric locomotives. The locomotives are set to be delivered in early 2018.

“The purchase of these new locomotives are the first of several new vehicle purchases which are part of SEPTA’s Building the Future program,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel. “We are looking forward to their arrival to help provide faster and more reliable regional rail service for our rapidly growing ridership.”

“The new locomotives are designed for improved reliability and easier maintenance for faster turn-around times and increased availability for service,” said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division. “We are confident that these new electric locomotives will enhance mobility for the people, businesses and economy of the Philadelphia region.”

These modern electric locomotives will replace an aging locomotive fleet to support SEPTA’s efforts to expand capacity and provide more efficient and reliable service for its ridership along SEPTA’s regional rail lines, Siemens said. A state-of-the-art microprocessor system performs self-diagnosis of all key systems, makes self-corrective action and notifies the locomotive engineer. In addition, there is a redundant system to ensure power is maintained to the passenger cars for heating, cooling, lighting and door operation amongst others. The locomotives also meet the latest federal rail safety regulations, including crash energy management components. Furthermore, the locomotives’ energy efficient use of regenerative braking feeds energy back into the power grid.

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