Amtrak announces it will upgrade its trains as of 2026
Brian Hubert is reporting for the Daily Freeman Amtrak has announced it will replace the tubular-shaped stainless-steel Amfleet cars that date to the 1970s and 1980s. According to the rail carrier, the new train cars will be used on routes up and down the East Coast including routes that serve the Mid-Hudson Valley like the Adirondack, Empire Service and Ethan Allen Express and also on the West Coast in Washington and Oregon. The new German-designed single-deck trains, branded-named “Amtrak Airo,” will likely enter service starting in 2026. Amtrak said the new trains formed of either six or eight cars will offer modern “spacious interiors with panoramic windows.” Images released on December 15 show windows far larger than the ones found on the current Amfleet cars. The new trains will be manufactured in California by a division of the German industrial conglomerate Siemens and be capable of operating at 125 mph where track permits. Amtrak said. The trains that operate in the Northeast will be able to operate on multiple-power sources alleviating the need for locomotive changes, the release said. A redesigned cafe car will offer more contemporary food choices including self-service options. According to Amtrak, the cars will have “spacious ergonomic seating offering enhanced comfort with plenty of legroom, bigger and sturdier tray tables, moveable headrests and a dedicated cup and seatback tablet holder.” The new trains will also be more fuel efficient and produce 90 percent fewer particulate emissions when they operate in diesel mode. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.