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Amtrak says that this equipment will provide a smoother and more comfortable ride than what it is replacing. Each trainset will have 378 seats, with such amenities as personal power outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights. There will be an onboard information system providing real-time information such as location, train speed and conductor announcements. Part of the full ADA accessibility will be spacious restrooms with a 60-inch-diameter turning radius to accommodate people in wheelchairs. Amtrak will be implementing an advance seat reservation system. Food service is described as “contemporary, offering easy access and greater selection.”
Twenty-eight of these trainsets are under construction, and Amtrak has created a microsite with photos and facts about the new trainsets. They are much lighter than the current equipment, with 17-metric-ton axle loads. The power cars are constructed of carbon steel; the coaches of aluminum. Here is a close look at this equipment under construction.
Power car under construction. Each trainset will consist of two power cars (one at each end), seven business class coaches, one first class coach and a café car. Amtrak has ordered 28 trainsets. They are expected to enter revenue service on the Northeast Corridor beginning in 2021.
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