Siemens Awarded Con­tract To Build New Lo­co­mo­tives

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Siemens Charger diesel-elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives will power more ca­pac­ity on the grow­ing Al­ta­mont Cor­ri­dor Ex­press (ACE) ser­vice.

The San Joaquin Re­gional Rail Com­mis­sion (SJRRC) has awarded Siemens a con­tract to build four diesel-elec­tric Charger lo­co­mo­tives with an op­tion to pur­chase four more. The lo­co­mo­tives will ser­vice the Al­ta­mont Cor­ri­dor Ex­press (ACE), a grow­ing com­muter rail ser­vice that cur­rently runs four daily round trips from Stock­ton to San Jose, with fu­ture planned ex­ten­sions to Ceres, Modesto and Sacra­mento. De­liv­ery of the ve­hi­cles will be­gin De­cem­ber 2019.

“Our ser­vice is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year, and we are proud of the im­por­tant part that this line has played in de­vel­op­ing a strong, sus­tain­able link be­tween Stock­ton and the greater Bay Area,” said Steve Dresser, Chair, SJRRC Board of Di­rec­tors. “With this an­nounce­ment, we will be taking even more cars off the road, and pro­vid­ing a qui­eter, smoother ride for our grow­ing num­ber of pas­sen­gers.”

Start­ing with just two daily round trips in 1998, ACE rail is now car­ry­ing 1.3 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally. The new lo­co­mo­tives will be able to pull 10-car trains, a 43 per­cent in­crease from the cur­rent ca­pac­ity of seven cars. Us­ing the QSK95 Cum­mins engine, they will also pro­vide a 16 per­cent im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency over the ex­ist­ing SJRRC lo­co­mo­tives. Im­por­tantly, com­par­ing the fuel con­sump­tion of a fully-seated ACE com­muter train to two-per­son car travel, trav­el­ing by train re­sults in a 90 per­cent re­duc­tion in green­house gas emis­sions.

These clean, ef­fi­cient lo­co­mo­tives will have EPA Tier 4 emis­sions cer­ti­fica- tion, rep­re­sent­ing huge re­duc­tions in diesel emis­sions from the cur­rent ve­hi­cles. Their higher (4,400) horse­power, in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing higher pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity, will also help the train to better catch up on de­lays and im­prove on-time per­for­mance. Lower-noise diesel elec­tric en­gines, a stream­lined lo­co­mo­tive de­sign and smoother trac­tion con­trol will re­sult in qui­eter, smoother rides and an over­all im­proved ex­pe­ri­ence for both op­er­a­tors and pas­sen­gers.

Fund­ing for the lo­co­mo­tives is pro­vided in part by grants through the Bay Area Air Qual­ity Man­age­ment Dis­trict, the San Joaquin Val­ley Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Dis­trict, the Tran­sit and In­ter­city Rail Cap­i­tal Pro­gram, and the Low Car­bon Tran­sit Op­er­a­tions Pro­gram.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing “Buy Amer­ica-com­pli­ant,” these lo­co­mo­tives will also be “Made in Cal­i­for­nia” at Siemens’ Sacra­mento rail man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, which is also pow­ered by up to 80 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy.

“More than 1,200 Siemens em­ploy­ees in Sacra­mento are very ex­cited – and proud – to be build­ing lo­co­mo­tives for our neigh­bors along the Al­ta­mont Cor­ri­dor,” said Michael Cahill, pres­i­dent of Siemens Rolling Stock. “These lo­co­mo­tives are not only stronger and qui­eter, they’re smarter and eas­ier to main­tain. We look forward to bring­ing an over­all im­proved ex­pe­ri­ence for the cur­rent and fu­ture rid­ers of the Al­ta­mont Cor­ri­dor Ex­press.”

The main com­po­nents of the new lo­co­mo­tive are pro­duced in Siemens plants in the United States – in­clud­ing gear­boxes and trac­tion mo­tors in Nor­wood, Ohio and trac­tion con­vert­ers in Al­pharetta, Ge­or­gia. The diesel en­gines are man­u­fac­tured by Cum­mins in its Seymour, In­di­ana plant.

Siemens has also es­tab­lished a ro­bust and di­verse base of U.S. sup­pli­ers across the coun­try to sup­port pro­duc­tion of the Charger lo­co­mo­tives. Siemens Charger lo­co­mo­tives are cur­rently ser­vic­ing trans­porta­tion agen­cies across the U.S., in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia (Cal­trans), Illi­nois (IDOT), Washington (WSDOT) and Mary­land (MTA). Ad­di­tional states served by the lo­co­mo­tives are Ore­gon, Wis­con­sin, Mis­souri, Michi­gan and Iowa. Charger lo­co­mo­tives are also pow­er­ing new train­sets for Bright­line, a pas­sen­ger rail ser­vice con­nect­ing South and Cen­tral Florida.

ACE rail runs four daily round trips start­ing at the Cabral Sta­tion in Down­town Stock­ton and stops in Lathrop/Man­teca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Liver­more, Pleasan­ton, Fre­mont, Great Amer­ica, Santa Clara and San Jose’s Diri­don sta­tion. All its trains are ADA-ac­ces­si­ble with free WiFi. Each year ACE re­duces 43.5 mil­lion ve­hi­cle miles from the road, and each train re­moves the equiv­a­lent of 695 cars in the na­tion’s worst com­mute ar­eas. ACE op­er­ates a 187,000 sq. ft. rail main­te­nance fa­cil­ity, and the fa­cil­ity was the first of its kind in the coun­try to achieve LEED Sil­ver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Siemens Rolling Stock is part of the Siemens Mo­bil­ity Di­vi­sion which pro­vides ef­fi­cient and in­te­grated trans­porta­tion of peo­ple and goods by rail and road – in­clud­ing all prod­ucts, so­lu­tions and ser­vices re­gard­ing mo­bil­ity. Siemens de­signs and man­u­fac­tures across the en­tire spec­trum of rolling stock in­clud­ing com­muter and re­gional pas­sen­ger trains, light rail and street­cars, met­ros, lo­co­mo­tives, pas­sen­ger coaches and high-speed train­sets.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

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