Amtrak 2000-2039, 3200-3559

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National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 2000-2039, 3200-3559 are 1999-2000 Bombardier/Alstom Acela Express trainsets.

Horsepower Gearing Top Speed Capacity
6,200 hp
4,600 kW
71:23 165 mph 304 passengers

History

Design/Order

To help determine the specifications for new high-speed train equipment, Amtrak arranged to test two models from Europe: an X-2000 train from Sweden was leased from October 1992 to September 1993, and a Siemens ICE 1 train from Germany made a cross-country tour starting in July 1993. The information from these tests allowed Amtrak to develop their own requirements for a future high-speed train.

Amtrak released an RFP for high-speed trainsets in October 1994. Three companies qualified to bid: ABB, Siemens, and a consortium of Bombardier and Alstom. The winning design was from Bombardier/Alstom, which was based on a combination of Alstom's high-speed TGV trains and Bombardier's LRC line. The design needed to be heavily modified from typical European high-speed trains due to the FRA's Tier II crashworthiness standards, which resulted in a much heavier train.

The total contract cost of the twenty Acela trainsets was $800 million; when including the cost of the fifteen HHP-8 electric locomotives for upgraded local service, new/upgraded maintenance facilities in Boston, New York and Washington, and settlement of contract disputes, the total cost was $1.2 billion.

The cars are assembled into semi-permanently coupled trainsets. Each trainset contains a power car with operating cab on each end, one First Class car, one Café car, and four Business Class cars. While it is possible to swap cars between trainsets, in practice the trainsets have remained in their as-delivered configurations.

Operation/Routes

Acela trainsets operate exclusively in Acela service along the Northeast Corridor.

The trainsets were pulled from service in August 2002, after the yaw dampers (brackets connecting the carbodies to the trucks) on the power cars were discovered to have cracks. Trainsets were returned to service after an inspection program was implemented, and the yaw brakets were replaced with a newer design. They were removed from service again in April 2005, after the disc brakes on the passenger cars were also found to have cracked. During this outage, some Amfleet I cars were retrofitted to act as temporary club cars to replace the Acela service. The disc brakes were replaced under warranty, and all trainsets were returned to service by late September 2005.

Replacement/Retirement

The original trainsets were designed for a service life of 20 years. In 2011, plans to purchase 20 additional cars to expand the capacity on each trainset was announced; however, in 2012 it was decided to replace the current trainsets with brand-new equipment, rather than refurbishing the original cars. Alstom's Avelia Liberty was chosen to replace the original Acela trainsets in August 2016.

Details

Set Car number Thumbnail Date Car type Serial Livery Status/Disposal Individual car notes Set notes
1 2018 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on February 15, 2002.
3217 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3505 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3500 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3304 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3511 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3405 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2004 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
2 2008 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on April 19, 2002.
3204 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3509 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3526 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3308 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3510 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3400 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2005 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
3 2000 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on October 3, 2002.
3206 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3504 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3520 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3303 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3506 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3402 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2002 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
4 2001 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accpeted on June 6, 2003.
3200 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3507 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3508 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3300 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3519 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3401 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2003 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
5 2020 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on October 17, 2000.
  • Made inaugural Acela run on November 16, 2000.
3207 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3541 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3543 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3305 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3546 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3409 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2009 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
6 2031 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on December 7, 2000.
3215 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3554 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3549 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3302 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3555 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3417 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2030 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
7 2032 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on February 13, 2001.
3216 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3553 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3556 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3301 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3557 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3419 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2034 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
8 2019 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on January 17, 2001.
3218 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3559 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3548 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3315 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3558 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3416 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2014 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
9 2039 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on March 5, 2001.
3219 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3544 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3542 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3307 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3547 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3415 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2035 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
10 2016 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on April 10, 2001.
3214 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3533 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3540 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3306 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3534 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3413 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2038 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
11 2017 National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 2017-a.jpg 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on April 29, 2001.
3210 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3532 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3531 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3316 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3530 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3414 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2036 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
12 2037 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on May 17, 2001.
3209 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3538 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3528 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3319 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3516 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3410 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2006 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
13 2033 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on June 7, 2001.
3213 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3537 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3529 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3318 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3552 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3408 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2027 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
14 2015 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on June 26, 2001.
3208 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3525 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3536 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3317 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3527 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3418 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2010 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
15 2028 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on August 6, 2001.
3211 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3522 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3524 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3314 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3545 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3411 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2007 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
16 2012 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on August 23, 2001.
3205 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3515 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3550 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3313 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3514 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3407 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2013 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
17 2011 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on September 7, 2001.
3212 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3539 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3518 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3312 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3551 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3412 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2022 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
18 2025 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on October 8, 2001.
3201 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
  • Involved in accident at New Haven, CT on October 28, 2004.
    • Removed from trainset for repairs; operated as a 7-car set during that time.
3521 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3501 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3311 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3535 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3404 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2023 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
19 2024 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on November 8, 2001.
3202 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3512 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3517 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3309 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3513 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3406 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2021 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
20 2029 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active
  • Accepted on November 30, 2001.
3203 1999-2000 First Class Acela Active
3502 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3503 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3310 1999-2000 Café Acela Active
3523 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
3403 1999-2000 Business Class Acela Active
2026 1999-2000 Power Car Acela Active

References

  1. Acela Express Trainset Information, On Track On Line, published February 25, 2006.