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December 15, 2016

Siemens completes Brightline’s first trainset

Siemens has completed Brightline's first trainset, which consists of two locomotives and four coaches.

Siemens has completed Brightline's first trainset, which consists of two locomotives and four coaches.

The trainset has left the Siemens' 60-acre rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California, US.

Brightline president Michael Reininger said: “Having our first Brightline trainset completed and on its way to Florida is a major accomplishment and brings us one step closer to the introduction of our innovative new train service.

“Once in Florida, our operations team will begin the required testing as we ready to launch Brightline between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach next summer.”

The 489ft-long trainset is being transported across the country through rail, journeying 3,052 miles from Sacramento to Florida. Construction on the first car shell started in July last year.

Siemens is currently building four additional trainsets for Brightline’s first phase at the hub.

They are expected to be delivered to Brightline in four additional bright hues: pink, red, orange and green by the end of March next year.

"Building these trainsets utilised the latest in modern manufacturing techniques."

Siemens Rolling Stock president Michael Cahill said: “Building the first full trainset for Brightline is an extremely exciting milestone both for future riders in Florida and also for the many professionals who worked hard at our Sacramento manufacturing hub.

“Building these trainsets utilised the latest in modern manufacturing techniques, a vast supply chain and leveraged the best in Siemens engineering and manufacturing know-how.”

Brightline’s trains comprise two diesel-electric locomotives and four stainless steel coaches.

Siemens will also provide maintenance for the Brightline trains once they are in operation in Florida.

Express inter-city service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is set to begin in mid-2017.


Image: Siemens employees celebrate as the first Brightline trainset is completed. Photo: courtesy of Brightline.

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