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4rail.net - Amtrak Locomotives, EMUs and Rolling Stock

Welcome to the U.S. Amtrak locomotives page! More information is added here regularly.
Amtrak Aem 7 DC number 910 at Priceton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  Amtrak Aem7 DC ASEA built workhorse #910 is dashing past Princeton junction station in New Jersey. This type of locomotives has worked well and exceeded its working life so the new Siemens ACS64 electrics are going to replace these starting 2014. Picture by Gerry Putz.


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey, Pictures by Gerry Putz.




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 Amtrak Electric Locomotives

Amtrak ACS64 number 601 in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.

Amtrak ACS64 "cockpit", U.S.A.

Siemens ACS64 "Cities Sprinter" Locomotives
The latest for the Amtrak electric locomotives are ACS64 "Cities Sprinter" locomotive4s. These are built in California by Siemens. Locomotive is a close technological cousin to the European successful and hugely popular Vectron models.

Units built: 70 either built or to be built, 2014 - 2016  
Unit numbers
: 600 - 669
Maximum allowed speed
: 200 km/h (125 mph), designed for 220 km/h (135 km/h)
Power
: 6400 kW (8600 Hp) momentary, 320 kN (72'000 lbf)
Power systems
: AC electric locomotive
Usage
: Northeastern corridor faster trains of Amtrak


  Detailed information on Amtrak ACS64... 



Amtrak HHP8 number 651 at Princeton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

 

Bombardier and Alstom HHP8 Locomotives
Considered a disappointment in technology according to sources these locomotives never were made to work reliably. Because of this the fleet will soon be replaces by ACS64s.

Units built for Amtrak: 15, 1998 - 2001
Unit numbers: 650 - 664
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (125 mph),designed for 220 km/h (135 mph)
Power: 6000 kW (8000 Hp) continous, 316 kN (71'000 lbf)
Power systems: AC electric locomotive with Alstom electric components
Usage: Northeastern corridor express trains of Amtrak

  Detailed information on Amtrak HHP8... 



Amtrak Aem 7 AC number 940 at Priceton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

ASEA / EMD AEM7 AC "Swedish Meatball" Locomotives
This "Meatball's" AC version had electrics rebuilt in 19999 by Alstom. These locomotives are currently being replaced by ACS64s.

Units built for Amtrak: 29 out of 65
Unit numbers
: in range 900 - 953
Maximum allowed speed
: 201 km/h (125 mph)  
Power
: 5100 kW (6800 Hp) continous, 230 kN (51'700 lbf)
Power systems
: Rebuilt DC to AC electric locomotive with Alstom electric components, 6FXA5856 track motors
Usage
: Northeastern trains of Amtrak

  Detailed information on Amtrak AEM7 AC... 




Amtrak Aem 7 DC number 910 at Priceton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

ASEA / EMD AEM7 DC "Meatball" Locomotives
The original "Meatball" was a DC locomotive, with electrical components coming from ASEA of Sweden and mechanical parts from EMD in U.S.

Units built for Amtrak: 65, 1978 - 1988
Unit numbers:
Maximum allowed speed: 201 km/h (125 mph)  
Power: 5100 kW (6800 Hp) continous, 240 kN (54'000 lbf)
Power systems: DC by ASEA, components resembling those of the RCs
Usage: Northeastern trains of Amtrak

  Detailed information on Amtrak AEM7 DC... 

  Working like a clock these ASEA Rc design based locos have all run millions of miles and showing wear only after that. ACS64 cities sprinter are replacing these locos now.
 Amtrak Electric Multiple Units
Amtrak Acela number 2010 at Princeton junction, New Jersey, U.S.A. ACELA Electric Multiple Units
Amtrak ACELA EMUs are the only train capable of high speed in North America, for the moment. The sets traffic between Washington D.C., New York and Boston on the northern side.

Units built for Amtrak
: 20, 1996 - 2000, Bombardier (75%) and Alstom (25%)
Power car unit numbers: 2001 - 2040
Maximum allowed speed: 240 km/h (150 mph)  
Power: AC 9200 kW (12'340 hp) continous, 225 kN (50'580 lbf) for the set
Capacity: 1st class 44 + Business class 260
Usage: Northeast corridor trains of Amtrak

  Detailed information on Amtrak ACELA sets... 

 Amtrak Diesel Locomotives
Amtrak F59PHi number 459 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. F59PHi Locomotives (Amtrak Cascades, Amtrak California)
Amtrak uses its F59PHI "California F59" locomotives on the West Coast trains.

Units built for Amtrak: 36
Loco numbers
: 450-470, 2006, 2009, 1320 - 1330
Maximum allowed speed
: 177 km/h (110 mph)  
Power
: 2390 kW (3200 hp), 12 cylinder 710G3B-EG + AR15/CA6 alternator
Usage
: Amtrak West Coast services

  
Detailed information on Amtrak F59PHI... 


  P40DC Locomotives


Amtrak heritage painted P42 number 822 at Brunswick, Maryland, U.S.A. P42DC Locomotives
This is the most common locomotive type in use for Amtrak today. Most trains are powered by two of these diesels at the front.

Units built for Amtrak: 207
Road numbers: 1 - 207
Maximum allowed speed: 177 km/h (110 mph)  
Power: 3170 kW (4250 hp)

Usage: Almost all Amtrak services


  Detailed information on Amtrak P42 DC... 
Amtrak P32 number 509 with Talgo coaching in Seattle, Washington
P32-8WH / Dash 8-32BWH "Pepsi Can" Locomotives
No suitable passenger locomotive body was finished by the time these locomotives needed to be delivered so this series came out using the usual Dash 8 body of GE.

Units built for Amtrak: 20 (1991)
Road numbers: 500, 503 - 519
Maximum allowed speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)  
Power: 2390 kW (3200 hp)

Usage: Amtrak in West coast


  Detailed information on Amtrak P32-8WH... 
   
 Vintage and Other Rare Amtrak Locomotives
Pennsylvania GG1 number 4800, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Vintage GG1 of Amtrak
  More models with their technical information plus detailed info of the above will be added here, given some time.

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  ACS64 Electric Locomotive of Amtrak

Amtrak ACS64 number 601 in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.

Amtrak ACS64 numbers 600 and 601 in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.

Amtrak ACS64 number 601 in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.

Siemens built Amtrak ACS64 has its roots on the German company's famed and highly valued Vectron product line. ACS64 is built on these proven and tried principles. However, in case of the Amtrak locomotives the parts come mostly from U.S., so parts that have been use for a long time in Europe can't be used here.

The ACS64 fleet of Amtrak is now one by one being taken into use with around 10 units now in use and the rest being tested or on Siemens production line.


Technical details for Amtrak ACS64

(AC=Alternating Current, 64=6400 Kilowatts power)   
-> Type: ACS64 
-> Builder: Siemens Mobility USA   
-> Operator: Amtrak  
-> Usage: generic heavy passenger locomotive  

-> Production dates: 2011 -
-> Numbers built for the operator: ~10 (+60 in order)  
-> Road numbers: 600 - 669

-> Seen:
-- East coast services
-- Test facilities for newest units  
-> Power output:
-- 12 kV 25 Hz: 5000 kW (6705 hp)
-- 12,5 kV 60 Hz: 6400 kW (8580 hp)
-- 25 kV 60 Hz: 6400 kW (8580 hp)
-> Track motors: Siemens AC (3 phase), fully suspended
-> Tractive Effort: 320 kN  (71'940 lbf)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):
max. 280 kN (63'000 lbf)    

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Maximum operational speed:
-- Designed for: 220 km/h (135 mph)
-- Amtrak usage: 200 km/h (125 mph)  

-> Length: 20,3 m (66'8")
-> Width: 3,0 m (9'9.5")
-> Height: 4,0 m (13'1 31⁄64")  
-> Weight: 97,8 metric tons (215'600 lbs)
-> Axle weight: 24,5 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: FRA standard, ACSES 2
-> Multiple operations capacity with: type
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle couplers    

-> Other info:
-- First revenue run was in February 2014

-- Locomotive is based on proven and well working components of Vectron and its predecessors ES64F4 and "Taurus" ES64U2 and ES64U4 locomotives of Europe. However, for ACS64 components are mostly U.S. manufactured so only time will tell if they last as well as their European counterparts.

Amtrak ACS64 numbers 600 and 601 in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.





   
   

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  AEM7AC Electric Locomotive of Amtrak

Amtrak Aem 7 AC number 940 at Priceton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

 

 

EMD / ASEA built AEM7's have been unusually durable and reliable at their demanding work. 65 AEM7 DCs came to work between 1978 and 1988. Amtrak decided that these needed upgrade to AC power and started work together with Alstom in 1999. The intention was to have all units rebuilt, but this program was discontinued after 29 units.

Now, after millions of miles of work this fleet is to be replaces by the brand new Siemens ACS64 locomotives taking over fast trains of East.


Technical details for Amtrak AEM7 AC
 
This "Meatball" version has electrics rebuilt about 10-15 years ago by Alstom. These are currently being replaced by ACS64s.
-> Type: AEM7 AC 
-> Builder: EMD and ASEA of Sweden
-> Rebuilt: Amstom in 1999, all electrical equipment and HEP    
-> Operator: Amtrak  
-> Usage: medium heavy fast passenger locomotive  

-> Production dates: 1978 - 1988 > 1999
-> Numbers built for the operator: 65 > 29  
-> Road numbers: in range 900 - 953

-> Seen:
-- East coast services, Norteast corridor
 
-> Power output:
-- 11-13,5 kV 25 Hz: 5100 kW (6800 Hp)
-- 11-13,5 kV 60 Hz: 5100 kW (6800 Hp)
-- 25 kV 60 Hz: 5100 kW (6800 Hp)
-> Track motors: Alstom
-> Tractive Effort: 230 kN  (51'700 lbf), less powerful than the original ASEA DC version
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):
not available

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Maximum operational speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)  

-> Length: 15.6 m ()
-> Width: 3,1 m ()
-> Height: 4,5 m ()  
-> Weight: 93,3 metric tons (205'700 lbs)
-> Axle weight: 23,5 metric tons  

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: type
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle couplers    

-> Other info:
-- to be retired from 2014 onwards
-- all locomotives havce clocked millions of miles

 
   
   

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  AEM7DC Electric Locomotive of Amtrak

Amtrak Aem 7 AC number 940 at Priceton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

 

 

EMD / ASEA built AEM7's have been unusually durable and reliable at their demanding work. 65 AEM7 DCs were manufactured between 1978 and 1988. 29 units received later electrical systems refurbishing from Alstom but this was cancelled DC system of ASEA being more reliable.

Now, after millions of miles of work this fleet is to be replaces by the brand new Siemens ACS64 locomotives taking over fast trains of East. The AEM7 DC has been by far the most realiable, small yet powerful electric locomotive for use at Amtrak.

Technical details for Amtrak AEM7 DC 
This "Meatball" version has original EMD + ASEA electrics. The locos are currently being replaced by ACS64s.
-> Type: AEM7 DC 
-> Builder: EMD and ASEA of Sweden
-> Rebuilt: -    
-> Operator: Amtrak  
-> Usage: medium heavy fast passenger locomotive  

-> Production dates: 1978 - 1988
-> Numbers built for the operator: 65 > 36  
-> Road numbers: in range 900 - 953

-> Seen:
-- East coast services, Norteast corridor
 
-> Power output:
-- 11-13,5 kV 25 Hz: 5100 kW (6800 Hp)
-- 11-13,5 kV 60 Hz: 5100 kW (6800 Hp)
-- 25 kV 60 Hz: 5100 kW (6800 Hp)
-> Track motors: ASEA LJH 108-5
-> Tractive Effort: 240 kN  (53'960 lbf)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):
not available

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Maximum operational speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)  

-> Length: 15.6 m ()
-> Width: 3,1 m ()
-> Height: 4,5 m ()  
-> Weight: 93,3 metric tons (205'700 lbs)
-> Axle weight: 23,5 metric tons  

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: type
-> Couplers: semiautomatic knuckle couplers    

-> Other info:
-- to be retired from 2014 onwards
-- all locomotives have clocked millions of miles

 
   
   

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  HHP-8 Electric Locomotive of Amtrak

Amtrak HHP8 number 651 at Princeton Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Thello leased BB36000 number 015 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France

Amtrak HHP-8 by Alstom and Bombardier heavy electric locomotives were delivered to power a traditional train variant of the ACELA trainsets: locomotive followed by coaches. The purpose was to replace the aging E60 electrics and supplement the busy AEM7 locos.

HHP-8 locomotive is directly based on class 36000 Alstom built locomotive. This type is used in Europe by example Thello, SNCF and leasing company Akiem. Also in Europe the locomotives have seen much less use than they were intended, albeit from a different reason: SNCF is loosing traffic that was earlier worked by this kind of locos.

The HHP-8 locomotives have suffered from cracked bogies and other parts and were temporarily withdrawn in 2002 for repairs. Locomotive is also known for its poor reliability: they can only run about 12 days before needing servicing again! Because of the continuous reliability problems the locomotives will be withdrawn once enough ACS64 locomotives accumulate.




 
   
   

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