Amtrak Cities Sprinter

1046 mm ( worn )

The Amtrak ACS -64 or Amtrak Cities Sprinter is built by Siemens Rail Systems in the U.S. electric locomotive, which the American Railway Amtrak since February 7, 2014, the routes of the Northeast Corridor (Washington - New York - Boston and Philadelphia - Harrisburg ) begins.


Amtrak operates since 1971 the long-distance transport on electrified routes in the northeastern United States. In published in 2010, Strategic Plan for the future development of the vehicle fleet Amtrak first mentioned the intention to procure 70 electric locomotives. They are intended to replace the arrived at the end of life 53 series locomotives AEM -7 and the little reliable small series of HHP -8, but on the other hand also serve the expansion of the offer. In October 2010, Amtrak ordered for $ 466 million, the locomotives at Siemens.

In May 2013, the first locomotive has left the Siemens factory halls Sacramento, CA and was transferred in June to test the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, CO.

( - Washington Northeast Regional train # 171 Boston) On 7 February 2014, the first planned deployment of the new locomotive was. Delivery of the locomotives on Amtrak will be completed during the year 2015.

Design features

The ACS -64 is based on the Siemens product platforms Vectron and Euro Sprinter with adjustments to the American market, in particular with regard to the strength of the locomotive body in a collision. It is a multi-system locomotive, which can be operated with a 25 Hz alternating current to the three systems 25 kV 60 Hz, 12.5 Hz, 60 kV and 12 kV. The locomotive has an output of 6400 kW, so that they can speed passenger trains with 18 Amfleet cars in just under eight minutes to 200 km / h; Trains with only eight cars of the same type are placed on the ACS -64 in about 2.5 minutes at a speed of 200.

The locomotive has crumple zones and anti-climbing device. The mechanical structure of the cab shall be designed such that it still provides a survival space for the engineer in the event of a deformation.

Traction motors and gear sets can be replaced without removal of the bogies.