Orders for Siemens’ diesel ‘Charger’ soars to 90 locos


NINETY of the new Siemens ‘Charger’ diesel locos have now been ordered for use operating regional Amtrak, commuter rail or intercity services by companies across the USA.

The ‘Charger’ is a diesel electric design which uses a Cummins 16-cylinder QSK95 high-speed diesel engine, producing either 4,000HP (the SCB-40 model bought by Florida intercity operator Brightline) or 4,400HP (the SC-44 model bought by all other users).

Caltrans ‘Charger’ No. 2103 at Sacramento Valley station on April 29, only a few miles from where it was built, with a southbound Amtrak California regional service. DARIO SAIDMAN

The SC-44 locos have been ordered as follows:

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■ 22 for Amtrak California services, funded by the State of California (Caltrans)

■ 8 for Amtrak Cascades (Portland-Seattle-Vancouver, BC), funded by Washington State (WSDOT)

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