• Washington to New York non-stop

    Washington to New York non-stop



    AMTRAK has announced plans to introduce a non-stop ‘Acela’ high-speed train pair between New York and Washington DC from September 23.  The non-stop trains will take 2hr 35min, with the current fastest ‘Acela’ services taking just under three hours, stopping in major cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore en route. Read more News and Features…

  • Chicago’s Metra adds diesel locos

    Chicago’s Metra adds diesel locos



    CHICAGO commuter rail operator Metra is buying 24 former Amtrak California diesel locos, and has ordered 15 rebuilt freight locos to replace older diesels.  Metra bought 24 F59PHI locos from Amtrak in 2018 and is currently overhauling and repainting them into its livery. They have entered service in 2019, mainly operating from Chicago Union on…

  • ‘Chargers’ for Amtrak and VIA Rail

    ‘Chargers’ for Amtrak and VIA Rail



    BOTH major national passenger rail operators in North America placed orders for significant numbers of Siemens 4,400HP ‘Charger’ diesel-electric loco in December.  Canadian national passenger company VIA Rail ordered 32 ‘Chargers’ in early-December, along with 32 new push-pull trains which the locos will operate.  VIA Rail plans to use the new trains, which will cost…

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