Gallery: Amtrak To Buy 70 High Speed Electric Trains For $466 Million

 

It looks like the United States is finally getting on board the high-speed rail bandwagon. While China and Europe may have embraced the benefits of this green form of transportation years ago, the US was always lagging behind with assorted projects lacking proper funding and support. But now, market leader Amtrak has decided to take the incentive and spend nearly half a billion dollars on 70 brand new electric, high-speed trains.

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  1. blazerip December 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

    How benevolent of America to buy foreign. Lets keep the money, jobs and technology here. Ok it is 250 jobs to build foreign products. HS rail could be a real American stimulus package or it could stimulate our industrial rivals. It is certainly the safe and green way to go. No one find fault with our Asian and European friends when they do such things but when we do it, we are evil (what a double standard).

  2. banfield November 18, 2010 at 6:40 am

    high speed means how fast? mph? time from boston to ny? dc?

  3. plattypus1 November 5, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Ccurrently the trains run on diesel fuel, which cause large amounts of pollution and smog.”

    Ummm… actually, the Northeast Corridor has been electrified since the early 20th Century, and is one of the few places in the US rail network that is so powered. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_Corridor#New_York_electrification

    Northeast Regional trains tend to be pulled by electric Amtrak AEM-7 or AEM-7AC locomotives:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_AEM-7
    Sometimes they’re hauled by electric HHP-8’s:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HHP-8

    Though neither one of these has regenerative braking, so that’ll be a cool green addition.

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