Interior cab mock-up of new Amtrak electric locomotives at Siemens Sacramento based manufacturing facility.
Photo credit: Amtrak
In October 2010, Amtrak awarded Siemens a six-year - $466 million contract to build 70 electric locomotives to operate on the Northeast Corridor. Some 250 jobs will be created at the Sacramento plant and also at plants in Norwood, Ohio and Alpharetta, Georgia during this multi-year project. The first Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 electric locomotive is scheduled for delivery in 2013 and will operate at speeds up to 125 mph (201 kph) from Washington, D.C. to Boston and up to 110 mph (177 kph) on the Keystone Corridor from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pa. They will replace locomotives in service between 20 and 30 years.