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News photo: New Brightline equipment en route to Florida

By | October 11, 2021

New trainsets will be used for passenger service's expansion to Orlando

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Aerial view of passenger equipment being pulled by freight locomotive
Aerial view of passenger equipment being pulled by freight locomotive
A new Brightline trainset passes through Hopkinsville, Ky., on Oct. 8, 2021 (Jim Pearson)

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Brightline’s newest equipment is making its way to Florida. On Friday, Oct. 8, Union Pacific ET44AH No. 2603 leads a new trainset, operating as CSX train CSX W989 on the Henderson Subdivision at CSX Casky yard in Hopkinsville, Ky. The new equipment — to be used as service is expanded to Orlando, Fla. — is en route from Sacramento, Calif., where was recently shown to reporters at the Siemens plant [see “Brightline, Siemens Mobility show off newest trainsets …,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 28, 2021]. — Jim Pearson

2 thoughts on “News photo: New Brightline equipment en route to Florida

  1. This appears to remain a train-set without the once promised cafe car, which was to be added with operations to Orlando. Brightline’s rolling cart service (and in First Class the amazing in-station food, and (all legal) beverage offering) remains outstanding, but hopefully ridership will eventually grow enough for BL to exercise their original cafe car plans.

  2. The passage through Kentucky from Sacramento, California to West Palm Beach, Florida appears to be a circuitous route.
    Nonetheless, Brightline’s new trains are rare passenger train sightings in most of Kentucky for nearly half a century. I can imagine the sweet fragrance on board the new cars.

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