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).
The SC-44 locos have been ordered as follows:
■ 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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