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Amtrak hopes locomotives will pull it into a new era

Engines face key test in Northeast

NEWARK — When Amtrak unveils the first of 70 new locomotives Monday at a plant in California, it will mark what the national passenger railroad service hopes will be a new era of better reliability, streamlined maintenance, and increased energy efficiency.

On a broader scale, the new engines could well be viewed as emblematic of the improving financial health of Amtrak, which has long depended on subsidies from an often reluctant Congress.

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