Another 50 locomotives – made in the U.S. and cleaner, faster, and more fuel efficient than predecessors – have been ordered by Amtrak from Siemens Mobility, which worked with Amtrak to design this locomotive series for another major investment in our long distance services, the backbone of our National Network.
The new locomotives are designated as ALC-42 for “Amtrak Long-distance Charger, 4,200-horsepower.” They will primarily replace Amtrak P40 and P42 diesel-electric locomotives, which have a lower top speed and began service under different emissions standards 30 years ago.
The ALC-42 locomotives are Buy America compliant and built at the Siemens Mobility’s rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, Calif. It is part of Siemens Mobility’s larger U.S. manufacturing network, with eight facilities, more than 4,000 employees and 2,000 American suppliers, including Cummins, which manufactures the Tier-4 complaint diesel engines in Seymour, Ind.
Amtrak is paying a total of up to $2 billion for the new locomotives and supplemental multiyear maintenance support in our National Network, including about $850 million in funding set aside when the initial order was announced in 2018.
The first of the ALC-42’s entered service in February on our famous Empire Builder trains and are next to be deployed on our well-known City of New Orleans trains between their namesake city and Chicago. Starting with the tenth unit (delivered in April), the locomotives will carry the seventh standard paint scheme in the 50-year history of Amtrak.
-via Press Release