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Amtrak Cascades trains acquiring new locomotives –
Yelm’s proximity to Centennial Station a real plus for riding the rails


Amtrak Cascades new 4,400-hsp. Cummins QSK95 engines
Photo credit: WSDOT



– From Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT):
Why is WSDOT purchasing new locomotives?

Washington state is purchasing new state-of-the-art locomotives, designed and built in the United States to meet the growing population and associated increased travel on the I-5 corridor. Passenger rail service is an efficient and environmentally sound travel mode and these locomotives will pull Washington-state sponsored Amtrak Cascades trains.

This “next generation” rail equipment will feature improved fuel efficiency and safety upgrades. The new 4,400-horse power Cummins QSK95 engines are 42,000 pounds 8-foot tall and meet new, stringent emission standards.

The End Result
The new locomotives will have higher accelerations rates and top speeds, lower emission rates, on-board positive train control, and be more reliable.

Project Benefits
+ More frequent Amtrak Cascades service with schedule reliability along the I-5 corridor.
+ Lower emission rates.
+ A boost to the rail manufacturing industry, as Washington state is purchasing new locomotives, designed and built in the United States.
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– Editor’s Note:
Computerized on-board positive train control safety equipment will automatically stop the train in dangerous situations when that system is activated corridor-wide next year. The current existing Amtrak F-59 locomotives will be retired in 2018.

Posted by Steve on December 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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