National certification testing of Amtrak’s new Charger locomotive is being conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The WSDOT said that the Siemens SC-44 Charger units are testing on the Amtrak Cascades corridor throughout February. If all goes well they are scheduled to enter regular service later this year.
The WSDOT has ordered eight of the 4,400-horsepower locomotives, which are being assembled by Siemens in Sacramento.
Siemens is headquartered in Germany and builds locomotives also for Florida East Coast Railway’s BRIGHTLINE