Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

By Paul Riegler on 28 April 2019
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Amtrak announced it has placed new diesel-electric locomotives into service on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner routes.

The railroad acquired Siemens Charger locomotives for service between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.

The Siemens Charger is a family of diesel-electric passenger locomotives manufactured by Siemens Mobility specifically for the North American market. The Charger is the first passenger locomotive to receive Tier 4 emissions certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The 14 new Charger locomotives were funded by the California Department of Transportation and replaced Amtrak-owned locomotives that were nearly two decades old. They are 90% cleaner than their predecessors and are manufactured at the Siemens solar-powered plant in Sacramento.

The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile (565-kilometer) route along the coast through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 stations. Annual ridership is approximately three million passengers.

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