Posts Tagged ‘Transportation Technology Center’

Acela Trainset to Leave For Testing in Colorado

February 14, 2020

Amtrak said this week that the first new Acela trainset will depart on Monday for a testing center in Colorado.

The equipment, which is being built by Alstom in Hornell, New York, will undergo nine months of testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colorado.

Tests will examine the trainset’s pantograph, railway dynamics, tilting, traction, slip/slide and wayside protection, brakes, and train control management systems.

After the testing has ended the trainset will return to New York for installation of its interiors.

Alstom is building 20 Acela trainsets with the first slated to enter revenue service in 2021.

The prototype set will travel from Buffalo, New York, to La Junta, Colorado, via Chicago between Feb. 17 and 19, using the routes of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Southwest Chief.

A second trainset is expected to move to Amtrak’s Penn Coach Yard in Philadelphia for testing in mext month.

A third trainset now being built is tentatively scheduled to travel to Philadelphia for testing in September.

Talgo Set Reaches DOT Test Facility

February 1, 2018

A special Amtrak move this week took a Talgo train to a Federal Railroad Administration testing facility in Colorado for testing.

The train left Chicago on Wednesday on BNSF’s Chicago Subdivision.

The Talgo train had been in storage at Amtrak’s Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis and is expected to return there after the testing is complete.

However, the Talgo has also been reported to be prepared to be pressed into service in Cascade Service in the Pacific Northwest.

An online report said the Talgo arrived at the Transportation Technology Center, near Pueblo, Colorado, on Thursday afternoon.

The consist included P42DCs 137 and 158 along with Charger No. 4617. The Talgo set was one of two ordered by the State of Wisconsin but never operated in revenue service.