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Altamont Corridor Express orders Charger locomotives NEWSWIRE

By | April 26, 2018

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A Siemens Charger locomotive leads a northbound Amtrak Hiawatha into Milwaukee. Altamont Corridor Express has become the latest agency to order Chargers.
TRAINS: David Lassen

STOCKTON, Calif. — The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has ordered four Siemens Charger locomotives for use on the Altamont Corridor Express commuter service.

The first of the locomotives, to be built at Siemens’ Sacramento, Calif., plant, is scheduled to be delivered in December 2019.

According to a Siemens press release, the new locomotives will provide a 16 percent increase in fuel efficiency, and will be able to pull 10 cars, an increase from the seven cars for current locomotives.

ACE runs four daily roundtrips from Stockton to San Jose, Calif.

The new locomotives will join Chargers already in service for Amtrak routes in the Midwest, California, and Washington; for Maryland’s MARC commuter service; and for Florida’s Brightline.

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