• Siemens Brightline Equipment/Train Sets

  • This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Brightline, formerly All Aboard Florida and Virgin Trains USA:
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This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Brightline, formerly All Aboard Florida and Virgin Trains USA:
Websites: Current Brightline
Virgin USA
Virgin UK

Moderator: CRail

  by DutchRailnut
 
UP crew picked up first Brightline train for Florida at Siemens plant today
  by DutchRailnut
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELkw306DaCo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

UP symbol SFLNO-08

UP 4418
SIIX 101 Charger SC-44
SIIX 201 Coach
SIIX 431 Coach
SIIX 432 Coach
SIIX 401 Coach
SIIX 102 Charger SC-44
  by Fan Railer
 
Anyone know the routing for this move?
  by Rockingham Racer
 
Supposedly the UP Sunset Route to New Orleans, then CSX over to Jacksonville. South of there, I do not know. Most likely FEC.
  by DutchRailnut
 
with the cars not yet approved, should it not be heading for Pueblo for testing ?
  by Rockingham Racer
 
A report on Trainorders puts it east of Indio, CA, on the Sunset Route. Doesn't mean it can't go to Pueblo, though.

And the latest from over there:

"No, the Chargers are already 125mph qualified. The coaches are qualified to 79mph and will be speed upgraded to 125mph in Florida."
  by DutchRailnut
 
UP Sunset Route to NOL, then CSX to Florida.

Viewing opportunities:

Scheduled Arrival Yuma, AZ 12/09/16 14:55
Scheduled Departure Yuma, AZ 12/09/16 15:55
Scheduled Arrival Tucson, AZ 12/10/16 00:55
Scheduled Departure Tucson, AZ 12/10/16 02:00
Scheduled Arrival Santerrt, NM 12/10/16 10:50
Scheduled Departure Santerrt, NM 12/10/16 12:40
Scheduled Arrival Alpine, TX 12/11/16 00:20
Scheduled Departure Alpine, TX 12/11/16 01:20
Scheduled Arrival Delrio, TX 12/11/16 09:20
Scheduled Departure Delrio, TX 12/11/16 10:20
Scheduled Arrival Kirby, TX 12/11/16 19:20
Scheduled Departure Kirby, TX 12/11/16 21:05
Scheduled Arrival Dyersdale, TX 12/12/16 07:05
Scheduled Departure Dyersdale, TX 12/12/16 08:05
Scheduled Arrival Beaumont, TX 12/12/16 11:15
Scheduled Departure Beaumont, TX 12/12/16 11:50
Scheduled Arrival Livonia, LA 12/12/16 19:35
Scheduled Departure Livonia, LA 12/12/16 20:35
Scheduled Arrival Neworlean, LA 12/13/16 05:25
  by Backshophoss
 
Lets hope there's a rider onboard to prevent UP or CSX from flatwheeling the set enroute! :wink:
  by Matt Johnson
 
Nice looking train. I'm surprised that Siemens didn't make the nose shroud retractable. Even if an Acela style retraction into the nose was too Rube Goldberg, having it retract up as with the RTL-III Turboliner seems like a convenient option.

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http://railpictures.net/photo/450009/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by DutchRailnut
 
more on it here : http://gobrightline.com/siemens-complet ... acramento/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
including video link in text.
  by D.Carleton
 
DutchRailnut wrote:with the cars not yet approved, should it not be heading for Pueblo for testing ?
The sets will be tested in Florida prior to revenue service.
  by west point
 
Thoughts: Will Brightline need more rolling stock when service to Cocoa starts ? Seem to have heard that loads were higher than thought on the Palm Beach - MIA before ovid-19 ? Is Siemens production running ahead or behind in deliveries. If ahead then maybe some Amtrak or other deliveries could be slotted in ? Know Siemens is still hiring.
  by Matt Johnson
 
Brightline/Virgin was supposed to expand the 4 car sets to 7 cars and order a couple more 7 car trainsets for Phase II to Orlando as I recall.
  by robelybasis
 
Would anyone know when the next trainset is going to look like when it arrives and how many cars it will have? I heard it's arriving in Sep. 2021.
  by electricron
 
robelybasis wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:22 pm Would anyone know when the next trainset is going to look like when it arrives and how many cars it will have? I heard it's arriving in Sep. 2021.
What a seven car consist will be and what they proposed it would be years ago may end up being different. But they did suggest years ago in the FEIS the following:
"The intercity passenger rail service would operate with new diesel-electric locomotives and single-level coach trains. The rolling stock for the Project would consist of ten train sets. Eight train sets would be required to be in concurrent operation along the AAF route to deliver regularly scheduled, hourly-service frequency. Each train set would be comprised of two locomotives, and seven coach-type passenger cars (two Business Cars, a Café/Economy Car, four Economy Coach Cars). In addition, AAF would procure one spare locomotive and one spare café car. The two-locomotive arrangement provides redundant push/pull operation and would assure smooth operations up to the maximum speed of 125 mph even with an expansion of the train set to nine cars, if needed. The fleet and all facilities (stations and maintenance) are designed to accommodate expansion to nine-car trains."
Source = https://railroads.dot.gov/sites/fra.dot ... _I_OPT.pdf

p.s. A great place to search for detailed answers on new transportation projects is the EIS. I hope this helps. :-)