Siemens Mobility has secured a contract from US-based Amtrak for a further supply of 50 Charge Locomotives.
With the original contract of $850m, the total contract is now valued up to $2bn.
Scope of the contract includes the manufacturing besides the long-term service agreement for material supply, technical support, as well as spare parts.
Designed to replace Amtrak P40 and P42 diesel-electric locomotives, the new locomotives are consigned as ALC-42 for “Amtrak Long-distance Charger, 4,200-horsepower.”
Siemens Mobility will manufacture the ALC-42 locomotives at its North American rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
Siemens Mobility rolling stock CEO Albrecht Neumann said: “Amtrak’s further investment illustrates America’s commitment to sustainable transportation that offers passengers a more sustainable option for travel.
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“Our industry leading locomotives, built in the USA, will play an important role in reducing emissions and protecting the environment in the United States.”
The company first received a contract to deliver 75 locomotives in 2018, with the first of it having started operations in February this year.
Together, the 125 diesel-electric units are expected to play a significant role in Amtrak’s sustainability goal.
Amtrak vice president and chief mechanical officer George Hull said: “We’re dedicated to continuously seeking new and innovative technologies that provide solutions to meet transportation needs while reducing health and climate impacts.”
Earlier this month, Amtrak earmarked about $130m for rail upgrade works between Washington DC and New York.