Sacramento plant wins major locomotive contract

Siemens Rail Systems has won a major contract to build 35 diesel-electric locomotives at its south Sacramento manufacturing plant for the Illinois Department of Transportation and several other states, including California, officials said. The contract is the latest in a string of assignments the company has received from major rail carriers around the country.

"We are extremely proud to have been selected as a rolling stock partner to help bring the next era of passenger rail service to Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, California and Washington State," said Michael Cahill, the company’s U.S. president. "Leveraging Siemens’ proven rail expertise and technology, we look forward to building the most energy-efficient, advanced technology, diesel-electric locomotives in North America at our solar-powered transportation manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California."

U.S. Representative Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, applauded the contract and the company’s move toward more energy efficient products.

“Once again Siemens has proven it is a leader in advancing technological innovation, and they are doing so right here in Sacramento,” Matsui said in a press statement. “Now is the time to produce faster, cleaner, more efficient transportation options.”

The locomotives, to go to five states, are funded by Federal Railroad Administration, according to Matsui’s office The locomotives will have maximum speed of 125 mph and meet the latest federal emissions standards.