SEPTA executives gathered with Siemens representatives, elected officials and other
dignitaries including TMA Bucks on July 11 to celebrate the arrival and inaugural revenue service operation of the new ACS-64 locomotives.
The purchase of the new locomotives was made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive funding transportation bill. The new vehicles are designed for improved reliability and increased service availability.
“Without Act 89, long-needed fleet upgrades like this simply would not be possible,” said SEPTA board chairman Pasquale T. Deon, Sr. “These are the types of projects that keep people, goods and
services moving and are critical to the growth and economic vitality of the region and the state.”
SEPTA is purchasing a total of 15 ACS-64 electric locomotives from Siemens. Built at Siemens’
Sacramento, California rail manufacturing hub, the 15 new ACS-64 electric locomotives will allow
SEPTA to expand its fleet while replacing eight aging locomotives, including the last remaining
AEM-7 locomotives still running in the country. As part of an ongoing effort to increase capacity, the
Siemens locomotives will be in service with SEPTA’s existing rail coach cars and eventually will be
paired with a new fleet of multi-level coaches that have been ordered from CRRC MA Corp.
“SEPTA’s Regional Rail Ridership has grown by more than 50 percent over the last 15 years,” said
SEPTA general manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. “The addition of these new Siemens ACS-64
locomotives is critical for SEPTA to expand capacity and meet the needs of our riders.”
The ACS-64 electric locomotive is equipped with a FastBrake New York Air Brake System and
electronically controlled pneumatic brake system that is suited for push-pull operation without
turning. With a wide-body, double-cab design, the locomotive also features an integrated Crash
Energy Management System, is equipped with regenerative braking and an onboard Advanced Civil
Speed Enforcement System control unit including train radio, automatic train control and positive
train control. The engineers cab and amenities on the ACS-64 have been designed with the assistance
of the Brotherhood of Engineers Cab Committee.
“This locomotive is not only powerful, but also efficient and reliable” said Michael Cahill, president
of Siemens Rolling Stock in the U.S. “We are proud that these locomotives got here on time and in
great working condition, and we are excited to work with SEPTA to improve availability so more
Philadelphians can get to their destinations safely and on time.”
Nearly a dozen Pennsylvania companies were involved in the manufacturing of these locomotives. In
Philadelphia, Ben-Tech provided the handrails and couplers came from York based Voith Turbo. The
Miller Welding and Machine Company in Jefferson County provided fabricated metal components.
O-R-X Railway Corporation in Blair County performed the wheel-set pressing.
The ACS-64 electric locomotive has a proven service record with over 24 million track miles in
revenue service with existing customers. Similar locomotives operating on the Northeast Corridor
have brought enhanced transportation benefits to riders, reducing delay incidents by 25 percent and
reducing delay times by 30 percent. In conjunction with the planned purchase of new multi-level
passenger cars, SEPTA will be able to provide additional capacity to accommodate its growing