Siemens Mobility has received an order from the US National Railroad Passenger Corporation to manufacture 73 trains. The order is valued at 3.4 billion US dollars and the trains are due to be delivered from 2024. It is the largest contract ever awarded to the Siemens division in North America, the company said. It can be expanded by up to 140 additional trains and other maintenance contracts as required.
The 73 trains – Amtrak writes of 83 moves plus 130 optional and an order volume of 7.3 billion US dollars – are to be equipped with different drive variants, i.e. partly hybrid with combustion engine and battery. This drive will be in the new Venture train, for which the test phase will begin in 2025, Siemens announced (PDF). The trains should be able to be digitally diagnosed remotely. So Amtrak – the brand of the corporation – should be able to introduce new maintenance concepts. Siemens obligations also include long-term technical support, spare parts and material delivery.
Siemens in Sacramento
The trains are to be manufactured at the Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California. It has existed for 30 years and employs a good 2100 people. The trains will run in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, among others. Amtrak hopes to gain more than 1.5 million additional passengers annually through the associated expansion of its capacities and reduced travel times.
“We will replace our 40- to 50-year-old fleet with modern US-made trains and systems,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn. Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility. “Amtrak’s investments clearly show how much the United States cares about improving its rail network and making its passengers more sustainable.” Shortly after taking office, US President Joe Biden presented a plan for modernizing the US infrastructure.