Brightline Trains Construction Update
July 14, 2016
About 3,000 miles across the country from Florida, Brightline’s trains are being constructed in the 600,000 square foot Siemens USA manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California. It takes nearly 1,000 highly skilled workers to construct the trains at the Siemens facility and about 6,000 work-hours to build one Brightline coach car shell!
Read on to learn more about where the construction process is, as we speed closer to a smarter way to travel in Florida.
The first Brightline locomotive is about 95% completed and almost ready to go through the testing phase. Tests are performed to assure all is installed correctly and running smoothly. Once locomotives pass carshell quality inspections, the
Cummins engines are prepped for installation. Did you know, one Cummins engine weighs 31,000 pounds and pumps up to 4,000 horsepower? That’s one powerful engine!
Coach car shells also have some critical steps to go through for completion. Each gap filler takes about four hours to be installed. Each coach car shell will have 19 windows installed. Why an uneven number? That’s because one side of the coach will have one window less. Each restroom that will be installed will be taking a window’s place. The dimensions of the windows are 59.1in x 31.5in, making them the biggest windows of any train in the United States! This will allow all riders to have a nice view of the scenery.
Full steam ahead
So, what’s to come for these bright trains? Here’s a look at some milestones lined up:
- The first fully installed coach car is expected to be completed in early fall. This includes the custom-designed leather seats, tables with power outlets, air conditioning, etc.
- The first restroom is currently being installed with an expected completion date of July 2016.
- Successful completion of testing locomotive #1 and finish production of locomotive # 2 is expected in the coming months.
- The first finished trainset (2 locomotives and four passenger cars) is expected to leave Sacramento and make its way to Florida sometime this fall.
Progress is right on track and one step closer towards the anticipated scheduled service launch date for next summer. Sitting in traffic in South Florida will soon be a thing of the past, and traveling between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach will simply become relaxing, refreshing and comfortable. Continue to follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for more updates! Make sure to join our mailing list so you’ll be the first to hear all of our news.