September 11, 2014

Siemens to supply trains for All Aboard Florida

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Siemens Michael Cahill (right) and All Aboard Florida general counsel Mr Myles Tobin tour the Siemens plant in Sacramento. Siemens Michael Cahill (right) and All Aboard Florida general counsel Mr Myles Tobin tour the Siemens plant in Sacramento.

ALL Aboard Florida, the inter-city passenger subsidiary of Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) has selected Siemens to supply locomotives and rolling stock for the initial phase of its passenger services which will link Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach from late 2016.

Siemens will supply an initial batch of five 200km/h trains, each formed of four coaches and two Charger diesel-electric locomotives. All Aboard Florida plans to lengthen the trains to seven cars and purchase five additional trains when it secures financing and environmental approvals for the section from West Palm Beach to Orlando Airport.

The stainless steel-bodied coaches will be the first to be manufactured by Siemens in the United States and will be compliant with the ADA standards for passengers of reduced mobility. They will also be equipped with passenger Wi-Fi.

The Charger locomotives, which will be similar to the batch of 32 units ordered by Illinois Department of Transportation earlier this year, will be equipped with a 16-cylinder Cummins QSK95 diesel engine providing an output of 3.28MW at 1800rpm.

Both the locomotives and coaches will be manufactured at Siemens' plant in Sacramento, California.

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