The Siemens-made ACS-64 locomotive is one of an order for 70, which is expected to be fully completed in 2015. About a dozen of the locomotives have hit the tracks so far, serving the electrified Keystone and Northeast Corridors.
The state-of-the-art Cities Sprinters will replace equipment that have tracked an average of 3.5 million miles each and have been in service for 25-35 years. The upgrade is part of Amtrak’s partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to deliver reliable train service to the ever-growing number of passengers riding the Keystone Service.
“The Keystone Service provides transportation that is competitive with driving, and these locomotives will further improve customer service,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch in a press release. “Our new transportation plan will allow us to keep improving the service and the stations so the experience on and off the train is a great one.”