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Amtrak is replacing its fleet of trains: What riders can expect | USA TODAY

Amtrak’s new train fleet promises all the bells, whistles. Here’s what riders can expect.

By Tom Krisher, Associated Press, Updated July 14th, 2021

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DETROIT — Amtrak is betting big on a return of ridership. The nation’s passenger railroad wants to replace its nearly half-century-old fleet with state-of-the-art trains that can operate on electricity or diesel fuel.

It plans to spend $7.3 billion to buy 83 trains made by Siemens, with options to buy more if ridership increases. Funding must still be approved by Congress, but William Flynn, Amtrak’s CEO, says he’s confident it will happen.

If it doesn’t, then Amtrak will finance the trains and repay its debt with money from state train services and passenger fares.

The more efficient trains, which will be built in California, are scheduled to start running in 2024. They will have more comfortable seating, better ventilation systems, power outlets and USB ports, Wi-Fi and panoramic windows. Many can run on either diesel fuel or battery power when needed.

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Amtrak Is Restoring Traditional Dining on Some Long-Distance Trains

Rail riders may soon be packing dinner jackets for their travels as traditional dining is back on Amtrak.

Thomas Pallini, Jun 27, 2021, 6:33 AM

Touring Amtrak’s newly-upgraded Superliner train.
Thomas Pallini/Insider

Traditional dining is back on Amtrak as of June 23 on six long-distance routes.

Sleeper car customers traveling west of Chicago will have white tablecloth service with a new selection of elegant meals.

It’s part of Amtrak’s $28 million plan to upgrade its Superliner and Viewliner fleet of train cars. See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Editor’s Note: Lots more pictures on the article link below…

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