Government Issues

Siemens awarded $225M locomotive contract

Posted on March 18, 2014

Siemens was awarded a $225 million contract to build 32 diesel-electric locomotives for the Multi-State passenger rail locomotive procurement being led by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The procurement is being done on behalf of the Departments of Transportation from five states: Illinois, California, Michigan, Washington and Missouri. The project includes options for 225 additional locomotives, with the first of the vehicles set to be delivered in 2016.

The Charger locomotives will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif. The plant, which has been in operation for almost 30 years, is powered up to 80% by two megawatts of solar energy and currently employs over 800 people.

All main components of the new locomotive will be produced in Siemens plants in the U.S., including traction motors and gearboxes in Norwood, Ohio and propulsion containers in Alpharetta, Ga. The diesel engines will be manufactured by Cummins in its Seymour, Ind. plant.

Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives are built on Siemens’ proven Vectron platform, currently pulling some 1,600 passenger and freight cars throughout Europe. The electric version of this locomotive was rolled out last year in the U.S. by Amtrak and is currently in service along its highly-traveled Northeast Corridor.

The Charger will be powered by a high-performance, environment-friendly, 4400 hp-rated Cummins QSK95 diesel engine designed to ensure compliance with Federal Railroad Administration EPA Tier IV emissions regulations, required to be in place in 2015.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

President looks to states, localities to raise revenue for infrastructure

The approach now being contemplated is considered innovative by some infrastructure experts but also carries considerable political and economic risks for Trump, according to a Washington Post report.

FMCSA to provide additional ELD transition guidance

Will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry, and guidance on the “personal conveyance” provision.

Utah becomes 3rd state to obtain federal State Safety Oversight certification

If a state fails to meet the deadline, the FTA is prohibited by law from awarding any new federal transit funds to public transportation agencies within the state until certification is achieved.

APTA Board of Directors selects new President/CEO

In a unanimous vote today, the board named Paul P. Skoutelas to serve as its new leader effective January 8, 2018.

U.S. DOT publishes rule to enhance safety, combat opioid epidemic

The ability to test for a broader range of opioids will advance transportation safety significantly and provide another deterrence to opioid abuse, which will better protect the public and ultimately save lives, according to Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close