All Aboard’s Brightline to unveil first passenger train

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will unveil its first passenger train at a private media event on Wednesday in West Palm Beach.

A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida's Brightline station under-construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service station will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline station under-construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service station will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The train arrived at the company’s rail repair facility in West Palm Beach last month. It is being stored at the 12-acre site while crews work to finish construction on Brightline’s first phase, which spans from Miami to West Palm Beach.

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The 489-foot-long train has four rail cars and two locomotives.

Four more trains for Brightline’s first phase are being built at Siemens’ manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California. Those trains are expected to arrive in South Florida by the end of March.

Go Bright Line train ready to leave Seimens Mobility Elk Grove CA USABrightline plans to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami later this year. The bulk of the construction on the buildings and the tracks that will mark its route is complete.

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Track work for the second phase of the project, which runs between West Palm Beach and Orlando, has not yet begun.  Treasure Coast leaders are challenging that stretch of the project, and have filed a federal lawsuit to block bonds that the company had planned to use to pay for the construction.