Amtrak Superliner II Engines
Amtrak Superliner Passenger Train Accommodations, including photographs and
detailed descriptions of seats, rooms, train cars and services.
Amtrak has over 400 passenger locamotives. The most common used to be the
F40PH ("P" for "Passenger" and "H" for "Head end power" - provides
electrical power to the rest of the train). These locomotives
provide up to 3,000 horsepower each, but almost all are retired.
A newer locomotive is the AMD-103, which is more commonly known
as the P40. They look more modern than the F40s and can be considered
the best or worst looking locamotive ever, depending on your own
opinion and perspective. The P40 is capable of generating 4,000
horsepower. Thus, just 2 of these engines can pull a train that might
have previously required 3 of the F40s! The P40 can generate enough
electrical power for 700 homes.
On the eastcoast, Amtrak uses a pure electric locomotive called the
AEM-7 which has 7,000 horsepower!
You might also encounter trains pulled by the P32 which was put into
service in 1992. They are often used on trains coming out of Los Angeles.
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