Amtrak Charger No. 309 – a 4,200 hp ALC-42 built by Siemens Mobility in Sacramento, Calif., and powered by a Tier 4 compliant Cummins QSK95 prime mover – is the first to don the “Phase VII” livery of the path of iron.
Unveiled April 14 with the seventh standard exterior design in America’s Railroad’s 50-year history, the new unit features the “Amtrak Blue pillar with Amtrak Red and Midnight Blue separated by white arcs,” Amtrak reported April 15. . The Amtrak Red color on the front provides a bold pop of color, while darker colors have been placed in strategic areas to accentuate the sleek shape. The white portions of the design, stripes, logos and unit numbers are reflective for added visibility and safety. The use of non-metallic colors in the design deviates from the predominantly silver locomotives, making repair work more efficient.
The “bold” design, Amtrak noted, “also draws direct inspiration from the abstract ‘rails above the horizon’ theme found in Amtrak’s ‘Travelmark’ logo.”
Locomotive No. 309 is the 10th of 75 ALC-42 units delivered through 2025 for the National Grid, which “will significantly reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 89% and particulate matter by 95%, while by consuming less fuel and achieving a higher top speed than locomotives [from the 1990s that are] be replaced,” the railroad reported.
On April 14, the unit began its journey from Emeryville, California, carrying the Californian Zephyr before being transferred to capitol limited to proceed to Washington, D.C. It is scheduled to proceed to Amtrak’s facility in Wilmington, Del., where it will undergo acceptance testing before entering service.
“We have created this new look for our trains that reflects the transformation underway at Amtrak as we welcome back our loyal customers while introducing new generations to train travel,” said Stephen Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer. direction of Amtrak.
Amtrak and Siemens Mobility North America met in Chicago’s Union Station in February to debut the ALC-42, the next generation of long-haul locomotives, on the empire builder. Railway track and structures Chief Editor and The age of the railway Engineering Editor Bill Wilson was on hand for the event.
Separately, on March 31, Amtrak previewed its new Alstom Acela trainsets which it says will enter service in the Northeast Corridor in the fall of 2023.