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Watch: Amtrak Midwest Siemens Ventures (Updated)

Four Siemens Mobility “Venture” cars for Amtrak Midwest service are being tested this week. A train with the new single-level passenger cars left Pontiac, Mich., around 7 a.m. on Jan. 26 bound for Chicago, on Michigan’s state-supported Amtrak Wolverine route.

For IDOT, New Siemens Ventures

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun taking delivery on 88 new Siemens “Venture” single-level passenger cars. According to WSP USA Senior Engineering Manager Art Peterson, who supplied these photos to Railway Age, the first four arrived in Chicago in mid-August, and four more are en route.

IDOT grant awarded to OmniTRAX affiliate

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has awarded an Illinois Competitive Freight Program (ICFP) grant to the City of Peru, Ill. and OmniTRAX, Inc.-managed Peru Industrial Railroad (PIR) to help fund the Peru Intermodal, Safety, Congestion and Energy Security Project (PISCES). The funds will be used to improve the PIR, which operates a small but vital three miles of track, providing switching services for the Peru Industrial Park, part of the City of Peru Enterprise Zone. PIR interchanges with OmniTRAX-managed Illinois Railway and BNSF.

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Charger burning up the rails in Pueblo

Siemens’ new higher-speed Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotive is undergoing a comprehensive testing program at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colo., prior to entry into revenue service in various U.S. locations.

Three states add to Siemens Charger orders

California, Illinois and Maryland have ordered a combined 34 Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotives from Siemens Mobility, bringing the number of state Departments of Transportation procuring these units to six and the total number of units to 69. The locomotives will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif.

Voith to provide pushback coupler systems for 130 CALTRANS/IDOT railcars

Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith GmbH, has won a contract to provide 260 pushback coupler systems to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The pushback couplers, part of Voith’s Crash Energy Management (CEM) technology, will be installed on 130 higher-speed bilevel passenger railcars being supplied to Caltrans and IDOT by Nippon Sharyo.