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.
+ 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.
– 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.