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First Amtrak ALC-42 diesel locomotive set for release

By | June 11, 2021

The Siemens-built unit will travel east on regular Amtrak trains

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Rendering of new Siemens-built ALC-42 diesel locomotive in blue, red, and silver.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Siemens is putting the finishing touches on Amtrak’s first ALC-42 locomotive, with its departure scheduled for this weekend. The first locomotive, AMTK No. 300, will be hauled in the consist of Amtrak’s California Zephyr departing Emeryville on June 12, a source close to the railroad tells Trains News Wire. After arriving in Chicago on Monday the unit will be set out for a media even scheduled on Tuesday at Amtrak’s facility just south of downtown. The unit is then scheduled to continue east from Chicago on the Capitol Limited departing June 16.

Amtrak is expected to begin receiving a handful of ALC-42s soon to begin testing the locomotives, then regular deliveries are expected to start in the second half of 2021. The 75-unit order of the 4,200-hp ALC-42s should finish in 2024. The Siemens Charger locomotives are largely like the existing locomotives Siemens has produced for other customers across North America and feature the Cummins QSK95 engine and A.C. traction, though they will have larger fuel tanks and more Head End Power capacity to fit Amtrak’s needs.

4 thoughts on “First Amtrak ALC-42 diesel locomotive set for release

  1. They have the same Horsepower as the Previous P40s, and plus the Chargers are still known to be unreliable and still having issues just like all other Tier 4s, Amtrak would be better off rebuilding the P42s.

  2. if AMTRAK hadn’t changed the bidding process after the 1st round in which SEIMANS failed, #300 would be a EMD F125 loco. But when there is underhandness by AMTRAK Mgmt. no one with the best product gets a fair shake.

  3. I wish the ALC-42’s being built for Amtrak are given the sleek aerodynamic nose design as Brightline’s Siemens locomotives. This would be the first step towards reviving the streamlined conventional passenger trains with sleek front end and a uniform roof profile between locomotives and trains. The new trains would be single-level system wide as in the original Streamliner Era.

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