US trains get predictive analysis in $3.4bn Siemens deal

July 12, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Predictive analysis for Amtrak’s $3.4bn hybrid trains
Siemens Mobility is to supply Amtrak in the US with 73 hybrid trains with real time digital monitoring and predictive maintenance in a $3.4bn deal

The $3.4bn contract with Amtrak for hybrid electric trains is the largest North American deal ever for Siemens Mobility and includes the possibility for up to 140 additional trains and further maintenance agreements.

The trains include wireless communications, remote monitoring and fully integrated digital diagnostics for increased reliability. These advanced features will enable Amtrak to test and develop new technology such as digital twins of the trains with predictive maintenance to replace failing parts before they fail.

The order includes dual power trains to be delivered in 2024, while the first of its kind Venture Hybrid battery train will begin testing in 2025.

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The trains will operate across the Northeast Corridor and across various state-supported routes, including operations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The trains for the Northeast Corridor and State Supported routes will be delivered from 2024 through 2030.

“These trains will offer Amtrak and its passengers the latest in sustainable and intelligent rail technology. We believe hybrid battery and dual powered trains will play an important role in reducing emissions and protecting the environment in the United States. In addition, through our digital services, Amtrak will receive real-time information about vehicle operations, allowing them to ensure that their passengers arrive safely and efficiently,” said Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility. “Amtrak’s investment illustrates America’s commitment to enhancing its rail systems, offering passengers a more sustainable option for travel.” 

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