A new rendering of the Amtrak ACS-64 has emerged. It provides a better image of the final design of the locomotive:
In 2010, Amtrak ordered seventy new electric locomotives from Siemens; the Amtram Cities Sprinter (ACS) 64. Delivery of the first unit is scheduled for the beginning of 2013. They will be used on the Nord-East Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington DC and run with speeds up to 125 mph. They will replace all AEM-7 (49 units) and HHP-8 (15 units) locomotives.
The construction of the ACS-64 is based on the Vectron platform for the European market. They share many components, although the US and European conditions do differ a lot. Biggest differences are the increased crash-worthiness of the ACS-64, AAR F couplings and special features to increase the comfort for the drivers, including a microwave/fridge and a WC-cubicle.
The ACS-64 is a triple voltage AC-locomotive; 25kV 60Hz AC, 12,5kV 60Hz AC and 12kV 25Hz AC. Regenerative braking up to 100% of rated power is possible.
The first ten body shells, and many components, are built in Munich-Allach (DE) right now. However, the majority of the construction work will be done in Sacramento (USA). Siemens therefore complies to the 'Buy American' requirements for such projects. - Siemens/Railvolution.