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Amtrak To Spend Close to $500 Million On New Electric Locomotives

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You won’t ride in them, but the car you do ride in might have a better chance of getting you where you’re going. The locomotives are 30 years old with 3.5 million miles on them and they are about to go.

Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm:

“We are going to spend $466 million to buy 70 new electric locomotives from Siemen’s. They’ll build them out in Sacramento, California and these new locomotives are going to replace our entire electric fleet.”

All except for Acela runs. It’ll take six years to replace them all. The first new engines are due in February of 2013.

Read Full Report:

Amtrak News Release

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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