New Acela Equipment Poses in Hornell

The new equipment that Amtrak plans to put into service on its Acela Express service in the Northeast Corridor posed for a photographer this past week.

The equipment is being built by French company Alstom in Hornell, New York, and one of the train sets was rolled out of the shop as shown above.

The new equipment is expected to begin revenue service in 2021 and will replace equipment that itself was a replacement when it began service nearly 20 years ago.

That equipment, which some have dubbed “The Fast Pig” replaced Metroliner cars built by Budd originally for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Metroliners operated in the NEC for about 30 years.

The equipment being built in Hornell is billed as lighter, sleeker and faster than what it will replace.

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