All Aboard’s Brightline completes initial testing of locomotive

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline announced Thursday it has completed initial testing of its first locomotive at a manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California.

The company said the locomotive, which is powered by a diesel-electric engine, was tested on a quarter-mile long track at the Siemens manufacturing facility in California. Brightline posted a video on its YouTube channel of the locomotive moving for the first time.

“The operation of the locomotive and its passing of the initial track testing has demonstrated Siemens’ engineering expertise and given us a high degree of confidence that the Brightline service will be exceptionally reliable,” said Gene Skoropowski, senior vice president of railroad operations for Brightline. “Brightline will be the only passenger rail service in the country to have such dynamic and modern trains that will offer Americans a new and modern experience in train travel.”

Brightline’s passenger trains are comprised of two locomotives and four stainless steel passenger cars.

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The company has said its first train is set to arrive this fall at the Brightline’s rail repair facility currently under construction in West Palm Beach.