Three states add to Siemens Charger orders

November 9, 2015

California, Illinois and Maryland have ordered a combined 34 Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotives from Siemens Mobility, bringing the number of state Departments of Transportation procuring these units to six and the total number to 69. The locomotives will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif.Website Insert Call Me State DOTs copy

The original procurement order (“framework contract”) for 35 Charger locomotive worth $225 million was signed in March 2014 by the Departments of Transportation in Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State. The order included an option for up to an additional 222 locomotives.

Adding to the original 35 units, the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) ordered 14 Chargers for the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route along the southern California coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego via Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will expand its fleet with 12. Maryland Transit Administration (MTA is the sixth agency to join the procurement process with eight units for the MARC commuter rail line that serves Caltimore, Brunswick, Frederick, Martinsburg and Washington D.C. as well as Harford County. With this order, CALTRANS, IDOT and MTA have brought the total to 69 Chargers.

The Siemens Charger is designed for a maximum operating speed of 125 mph. A microprocessor control system manages performance and performs self-diagnostics that automatically notifies the locomotive engineer and maintenance facility about required service measures. The locomotive’s carbody structure meets the latest FRA crashworthiness regulations, providing additional protection for the locomotive engineer. The prime-mover is a 4,400-hp, 16-cylinder Cummins QSK95 diesel engine.

Read the full story from Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono by clicking here.

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