New Amtrak Acela Train Passes Through NE Ohio

The new trainset built by Alstom for Amtrak’s Acela Express service in the Northeast Corridor passed through Northeast Ohio late Monday afternoon.

The train was en route from Hornell, New York, where it was built, to a testing center near Pueblo, Colorado.

It departed Hornell early Monday morning and reached Lake County east of Cleveland by mid to late afternoon.

A railfan chat list posting said it passed through Berea on the NS Chicago line at 5:40 p.m. and was in Elkhart, Indiana, at 11:30 p.m.

The ferry move used the Southern Tier line of Norfolk Southern to Buffalo, New York, where it picked up the route of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited to Chicago.

On Tuesday afternoon the train left Chicago on the route of the Southwest Chief bound for La Junta, Colorado.

The consist of the special as it passed through Northeast Ohio included P42DC Nos. 135 and 196, heritage fleet sleeper Pacific Bend, a Viewliner baggage car, the Acela trainset, a Viewliner dining car and P42DC No. 144.

The train set is expected to undergo testing for several weeks in Colorado before returning to New York for the installation of its interior appointments.

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