Posts Tagged ‘Siemens Venture rail cars’

Water Problem Sidelines New Venture Cars

June 4, 2021

An issue with the water supplies in the restrooms has delayed use by Amtrak of new Siemens Venture passenger cars in corridor service in the Midwest and California.

The problem was found during routine testing last November, a California Department of Transportation official said.

A Siemens spokeswoman said the company has found a solution to the problem but further testing is needed before the cars can be delivered.

The spokeswoman said the fix will enable the cars to meet water-quality standards of the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

Caltrans is the lead agency overseeing the $386 million, 137-car order for single-level cars that was awarded to Siemens in 2017.

California will receive 49 of those cars while Midwest corridor trains will use 88 cars.

Contractor Sumitomo Corporation has been paid $28 million for its work on the cars, but the Caltrans spokesman said Sumitomo won’t be paid for the cars themselves until the water issue has been resolved.

California officials had hoped to put the cars into revenue service this fall but now the timeline for their debut is unclear.

Four Venture cars have already been delivered to Amtrak in Chicago for testing on the Chicago-Detroit corridor and on the Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, corridor.

The cars are based on the design Siemens used to build passenger cars for Florida’s Brightline intercity rail passenger service where they began revenue service in December 2017.

Amtrak Testing New Midwest Cars

January 25, 2021

New passenger equipment that will be assigned to Amtrak Midwest corridor services began road testing on Monday.

A test train of four Siemens Venture left Chicago with a Charger locomotive on each end and accompanied by former heritage sleeper Pacific Bend.

The test train was to operate to Pontiac, Michigan, over the route of Amtrak’s Wolverine Service on the schedule of Train 350, which has been suspended since last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The test train was going to monitor interaction with crossing starts and the ITCS and I-ETMS positive train control systems at track speeds.

The Amtrak-owned track has a top speed of 110 mph between Porter, Indiana, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The test train was expected to return to Chicago on Tuesday morning behind Wolverine Service train 351 to Battle Creek and then follow Blue Water train 365 into Chicago.