Siemens has secured a $118m contract from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SETPA) in the US for the supply of 13 electric locomotives.
The contract includes the supply of spare parts, operation and maintenance training, and an option to deliver up to an additional five locomotives.
Scheduled to be delivered in early 2018, the new electric locomotives will be built at the company’s rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.
SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel said: "The purchase of these new locomotives are the first of several new vehicle purchases which are part of SEPTA’s Building the Future programme.
"We are looking forward to their arrival to help provide faster and more reliable regional rail service for our rapidly growing ridership."
The new electric locomotives will replace an ageing locomotive fleet to support SEPTA’s efforts to expand capacity and offer a more efficient and reliable service for its ridership along the regional rail lines.
Siemens mobility division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: "The new locomotives are designed for improved reliability and easier maintenance for faster turn-around times and increased availability for service.
"We are confident that these new electric locomotives will enhance mobility for the people, businesses and economy of the Philadelphia region."
The new vehicles will feature a microprocessor system that performs self-diagnosis of all key systems, makes self-corrective action and notifies the locomotive engineer.
The locomotives will also be equipped with a redundant system to ensure power is maintained to the passenger cars for heating, cooling, lighting and door operation.
The new vehicles also meet the latest federal rail safety regulations, including crash energy management components.
Earlier this month, Siemens won an order for 34 diesel-electric Charger locomotives from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in the US.
Of the 34 vehicles, 14 diesel-electric Charger locomotives will be delivered to Caltrans for its Pacific Surfliner Amtrak route along the southern California coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego via Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
Image: Siemens to build 13 electric locomotives for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SETPA). Photo: courtesy of Siemens.