Amtrak looking to rejuvenate fleet of diesel locomotives

An Amtrak train stopped in Winter Park, Fla., on Feb. 11, 2012. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Amtrak wants to acquire new locomotives or rebuild its current diesel fleet of locomotives, the railroad said.

Amtrak has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to rebuild its current diesel fleet or purchase a minimum of 50 to 75 next-generation locomotives, with options to rebuild or acquire additional units. The move would supplement and replace its aging national network diesel locomotive fleet used on long-distance and some state-supported routes.

“Our diesel locomotive fleet is nearing the end of life expectancy and we must act now to modernize Amtrak for the future,” Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson said in a news release.

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