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Sprinter on the Point

Sprinter on the Point

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Sprinter on the Point

Under the maze of copper catenary, an Amtrak ACS-64 “Sprinter” class electric locomotive
is on the point of a New York-bound Northeast Regional train on this late afternoon.

She’s just pulled out of Washington’s Union Station, so just flexing her muscles for now, but once out of terminal trackage, she’ll live up to her name and dig in for the sprint up the high speed mainline of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

The Siemens-built Sprinters are the replacement locomotives for the Swedish designed AEM-7s (*)
which took over from the legendary Pennsylvania Railroad designed GG1s (**) in the early 1980s.

©2018 Steve Ember
(*)

Meet above the Susquehanna
Meet above the Susquehanna
Steve Ember
(**)
The Mighty 'G'
The Mighty 'G'
Steve Ember

Comments 2

  • Greg Wirth 07/08/2018 10:27

    This photo is such a mess !!! Or rather : it shows such a mess :-)
    Thank you for the nice description, I like the way you put it ("the maze of copper catenary"...).
    Only regret : Didn't Barak Obama's plan to modernize the US railway system fail due to lack of funding ? But wait, the current man in office will fix this. He promised.
  • Jürgen Ringmann 07/08/2018 6:56

    This train moves wonderfully and powerfully and frees itself from the confusion of its surroundings. Steve, your picture looks very dynamic and full of energy, many details and your successful cut, great, I really like it. Nice regards Jürgen