Best of 2016: Rigorous Testing for the Charger Locomotive—the Next-Generation of Clean, Efficient & High-Performance Rail Travel (video)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 12:00 pm EST


Looking back on 2016, the growth and success we’ve seen across our businesses directly reflects our commitment to next-level innovation as well as being a company that does well by doing good. It was a year of milestones. We’ve partnered with new customers, strengthened existing relationships and positioned Siemens as a continued leader in the next generation of digitalization, automation, and electrification. Over the next few days, we’ll feature some of the highlights in this series. To see more of Siemens’ Best of 2016, sign up for our blog and follow us @SiemensUSA.

Last week, Siemens gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the demanding testing program for its new clean diesel-electric Charger locomotive. The testing, done at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, CO, includes maximum speed runs at 125 mph, acceleration and braking tests and validating the overall performance of the locomotive to make sure it’s it is operating as designed and ready to provide reliable service for passengers.

The locomotives, built at Siemens nearly 1,000-person Sacramento, CA plant which is powered in part by solar, will operate in states across the U.S. including Illinois, California, Michigan, Washington, Maryland and Missouri and will power trainsets for Florida’s new Brightline passenger rail service.

Check out the video below for a closer look at the Charger testing and what makes these locomotives some of the cleanest in the country.