Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Press release about new Brightline locomotives & coaches: "helping bring Brightline to life for Florida riders"

You're going to be hearing the term "Brightline" a lot starting soon if you haven't already. All Aboard Florida's passenger rail line will be called Brightline and you'll understand why when you see the locomotives and coaches. Here is an excerpt from a Siemens press release, the company manufacturing the trains:

     The new trainsets will not only feature the five bright, distinct colors unveiled on Monday [11/16], but will bring an unprecedented level of efficiency, comfort and connectivity for operators and riders. Brightline will be powered by high-tech diesel-electric locomotives featuring a 4,400 horsepower, 16 cylinder engine built by Cummins out of Indiana. [emphasis added] The locomotives have been designed and are being manufacturing to result in lower emissions and reduced noise, with energy-efficient LED lighting and a lighter frame which will enable Brightline to operate at speeds up to 125 mph as efficiently as possible. The high-tech locomotives also feature an intelligent state-of-the-art microprocessor control system that will allow operators to monitor the locomotive’s performance, self-diagnose issues, and take self-corrective action.
     Siemens is also manufacturing passenger coaches for Brightline that will carry riders along the system. These stainless-steel train coaches have been designed with today’s rider in mind, featuring level boarding for easy access for bikes, walkers, strollers and wheelchairs. The coaches also feature the most modern, high-quality welded bogies that offer superb 125 mph ride quality.