Amtrak buys new locomotives

Amtrak has just been shopping and bought 70 high speed locomotives from Siemens. The bonus (for US) is that the purchase will create around 250 new jobs; the new units use all the latest technology including regenerative braking systems (putting electricity back into the grid whilst braking). The units are based on Siemen’s EuroSprinter loco currently in use across Europe and China, providing speeds of around 200km/h.