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FLEET UPGRADES

Fleet Improvements

The current SEPTA Regional Rail fleet presents both age and capacity issues given the amount of service operated, and current and anticipated ridership levels. On a daily basis, SEPTA provides 296 Rail Cars and 6 Locomotive Engines pulling 36 Coaches, to meet the current schedule requirement.

The newest cars in the fleet - the Silverliner V's were purchased to replace Silverliner II & III cars, which were 47 and 43 years old, respectively, at the time of their decommissioning. In addition to the SLV's, SEPTA operates and maintains 231 Silverliner IV's (39-43 years old) and push pull cars, which are about 30 years old. The push pull train sets are currently powered by AEM-7 locomotives that are 29 years old and an ALP-44 engine that is 21 years old.

Based on fleet reliability and daily car availability data, the Vehicle Engineering & Maintenance Division continues to work to identify areas of focus for maintenance and renewal improvement campaign work for existing fleet, while they prepare for the arrival and commissioning of the new ACS-64 Locomotives and the fabrication of multi-level rail cars that will be built by CRRC MA Corp.

Locomotives


SEPTA is the only commuter rail system in the country still operating with AEM-7 locomotives. Replacing these 1980's era engines is a major step forward in the overall effort to enhance Regional Rail by improving service reliability and capacity. The contract, awarded to Siemens to build 15 new electric locomotives will enable SEPTA to completely replace the existing fleet of 7AEM-7's and 1 ALP-44.

ACS-64 UPDATE

  • 13 of the 15 new locomotives are on property
  • 8 Locomotives are currently operating in revenue service
  • 5 Locomotives are in acceptance testing
  • The last two -- 914 and 915 left Sacramento enroute to Philadelphia. After the battery of acceptance testing is complete, these locomotives with join the rest of the new fleet in revenue service.


WELCOMING THE NEW LOCOMOTIVES

On July 11, 2018, SEPTA reached an important milestone at an event celebrating the first new Siemens ACS-64 electric locomotive, Number 901, going into revenue service. The purchase of the 15 state of the art ACS 64 electric locomotives was made possible thanks to Pennsylvania Act 89 funding. More powerful and reliable than our existing equipment, the new locomotives are equipped with our Positive Train Control System and they have a regenerative braking feature. From the cab console, our Engineers will be able to monitor the performance of all locomotive systems in real time and the self-diagnostic feature offers important advantages for the maintenance and inspection of these vehicles.

Among the honored guests, at the event to officially commission the ACS-64 locomotive Number 901 was State Senator John C. Rafferty Jr., Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, pictured below.
The new locomotives will be used to convert existing AEM-7 and ALP-44 runs on the Paoli/Thorndale, Wilmington/Newark, West Trenton, and Media/Elwyn Lines to ACS-64 locomotive runs. The new engines will also provide relief for the Silverliner IV Multiple Unit cars, which date from the early 1970's. By this October we will finally be able to say goodbye to the AEM-7 and ALP-44 locomotives.

New ACS-64 Locomotives in service on West Trenton Line
Photography Courtesy of Gary Pancavage


State Senator Rafferty joined SEPTA Board Chair Pat Deon and GM Jeff Knueppel at the commissioning celebration for ACS-64 Locomotive Number 901 (07.11.18)

SEPTA ACS-64 Locomotive 901 going into service

View of ACS-64 Engineer Cab controls

Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).

SEPTA Celebrates Arrival of New ACS-64 Electric Locomotives with 'Inaugural Run'

New Siemens Locomotives to Enhance Regional Rail Service Reliability

July 11, 2018
SEPTA is taking a major step forward in its overall effort to enhance Regional Rail service with the introduction of the Siemens ACS-64 electric locomotives. Today, SEPTA executives gathered with Siemens representatives, elected officials, and other dignitaries 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."

"These locomotives are exactly the type of transportation investment we envisioned when we passed Act 89,"said State Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr., Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. "This landmark legislation is not only improving transportation throughout the Commonwealth, but it is having an economic impact. I am very happy to see that nearly a dozen companies throughout the state were involved in the process of manufacturing these locomotives."

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 ridership.

For more information about SEPTA's Regional Rail Service Improvement Program, visit: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/improvement/index.html. Riders can also contact SEPTA Customer Service representatives at (215) 580-7800

Building the new Siemens ACS-64 Electric Locomotives

Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).

Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).


Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).

ACS-64 locomotive in production at Siemens.


ACS-64 locomotive in production at Siemens.

ACS-64 locomotive after being painted.

ACS-64 locomotive after it has received its first coat of paint.

A look at the front of the ACS-64 locomotive after being painted.

The ACS-64 locomotive from inside the cab.

The ACS-64 locomotive from inside the cab.

The ACS-64 locomotive after being painted.

The frame assembly of the first SEPTA ACS-64 being moved from its first assembly location to the next stage of production at Siemens.

The frame assembly of the first SEPTA ACS-64 being moved from its first assembly location to the next stage of production at Siemens.

Transformers in production for ACS-64 locomotives (blue drum used as am expansion tank for the transformer coolant during shipping)
Transformers in production for ACS-64 locomotives (blue drum used as an expansion tank for the
transformer coolant during shipping)

First ACS-64 Production Locomotive
First ACS-64 Production Locomotive in Sacramento, CA

First ACS64 Locomotive arriving in Philadelphia and Wayne Electric Shop
First ACS64 Locomotive arriving in Philadelphia and Wayne Electric Shop




Multi-Level Cars


On Thursday, March 23, 2017 the SEPTA Board, at its regularly scheduled meeting, approved the award of a contract to CRRC MA Corp to purchase 45 multi-level coaches, with an option to purchase 10 more cars.


  • New multi-level cars will increase capacity
    • Multi-level fleet will be used to address service enhancements including additional Express trains
    • Vehicles will have comfortable two-two seating arrangement on both levels
    • No other cars currently in SEPTA fleet will be retired with the acquisition of multi-levels



Silverliner VI Cars

  • Investigating long-term financing options to advance procurement of Silverliner VI cars to replace Silverliner IV fleet


Projected Schedule

Number of Vehicles Notice to Proceed First Vehicle Last Vehicle
Locomotives 15 July, 2015 March, 2018 October, 2018
Multi-Levels 45 March, 2017 1st Pilot Car
September 2020
April, 2021


Frazer Shop and Yard Improvements

  • In order to support the increased number of locomotives and new multi-level fleet, SEPTA is already engaged in extensive expansion of the Frazer Shop and Yard Facilities
    • Phase 1 construction is complete and Phase 2 work is underway








Existing Fleet Refurbishments

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