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Amtrak Shows Acela Trainsets Being Built

June 16, 2019

Amtrak last week offered a view of the construction of new train sets that are expected to be put into service on its Acela Express service in 2021.

The trainsets are being built in Hornell, New York, by a consortium of Bombardier and Alstom.

The equipment will replace 20-year trainsets now used in Acela Express service.

The equipment now used in Acela Express service operates under the Avelia Liberty product designation, but Amtrak has not said what brand identity the new equipment will use.

The new trainsets will be capable of 186 mph but will be limited to 160 mph in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

The equipment featured a European-inspired design with a capacity of 378 compared with 304 of the current Acela Express equipment.

In a news release, Amtrak said the first trainset prototype will be ready for testing later this year.

All of the trainsets will have entered revenue service by 2022.

Bombardier Miffed About Missing Out on VIA Order

December 15, 2018

A Canadian company is disgruntled about having been passed over for a new equipment order from VIA Rail Canada.

Alain Bellemare, the CEO of Montreal-based Bombardier, said it is “incomprehensible” that there is no requirement for local production to protect Canadian companies and jobs.

“We work in many countries around the world, and all countries require significant local content,” Bellemare said. “We see it in the U.S. It’s difficult to understand that here, we can’t find ways of protecting innovation, technology and jobs that are similar to all the other countries in the world.”

In announcing that it has chosen Siemens to be the builder of 32 new trainsets to be used for corridor service, VIA said on-time delivery was one reason why it bypassed Bombardier.

However, Bellemare said his company can fulfill orders on schedule despite it having missed some deadlines on a Toronto light rail project and delays on a New York subway contract.

“We’ve had a few production problems on some projects, which I began fixing in 2015, and we’re completely fixing them today in 2018,’’ he said. “So for me, this is really not a justification to decide for a C$1 billion project.”

The new equipment being built by Siemens will be assigned to the corridor between Quebec City and Windsor via Toronto.