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Amtrak unveils photos of partially constructed Acela trains

Front view of the nose of the power car.
Front view of the nose of the power car.Amtrak

Amtrak has released photos of the new Acela coaches that are set to go into service in 2021, but they’re still a work in progress.

The photos show one of the new coaches, with visible wiring and insulation in the interior and a slick white, gray, and blue exterior.

The 28 new trainsets are on track to start testing in 2019 for service beginning in 2021, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said.

The Acela Express runs along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line, which extends from Boston to New York City to Washington, D.C.

The interior of the engineer cab.
The interior of the engineer cab.Amtrak

Originally announced in 2016, the new trains are being built thanks to a $2.45 billion loan from the government to improve service on various parts of the Northeast Corridor, the Globe reported. They’ll replace the old fleet of trains, which will be completely phased out by 2022.

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“Eventually, once the new fleet comes on board, we will be retiring all current Acela trains, and only using the new trains,” Abrams said.

The new Acela train car shell.
The new Acela train car shell.Amtrak

The new train cars are currently being built at an Alstom facility in New York, Amtrak said in a statement. They’ll feature more seats than current Acela coaches and will be able to travel at higher speeds.


Breanne Kovatch can be reached at breanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @breannekovatch.