Future of passenger rail passes through Letchworth State Park

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CASTILE, N.Y. (WROC) —A very big deal went passing through Letchworth State Park Monday morning over the Genesee River there.

The future of passenger trains in America, being shaped for Amtrak by Alstom in Hornell.

Amtrak has entered into a $2.5 billion deal with Alstom for 28 “next generation” trains to be made. Monday’s cargo was the first first set, being pulled by older, traditional Amtrak power.

The new engine, followed by the all-new passenger cars, were being pulled from the facility in Hornell to Pueblo, Colorado, where they will undergo testing at the Federal Railroad Administration Center.

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This new, high speed rail will eventually run on the northeast corridor — from Washington to Boston — capable of speeds up to 185 miles per hour.

The first Acela trains are set to go online in 2021.

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Some major work taking place in Western New York and the Southern Tier, which will help shape the future of travel in America.

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