On the heels of National Pet Day, we are pleased to report that Brightline welcomes pets, and in fact you’ll find train travel both easier and less stressful for your dog or cat than dealing with South Florida’s frustrating traffic. On the comfortable, user-friendly Brightline trains you and Fido can travel from the West…
A Tale of Two Trains
April 13, 2017
First Glimpse at BrightOrange
In just a few weeks, Brightline is expecting its next two completed trainsets: BrightGreen and BrightOrange to arrive in Florida. The trainsets are planned to be shipped across the country from California to Florida together. This marks the first time two trainsets will be delivered at once.
“We’re excited to welcome our next two trainsets together,” said Tom Rutkowski, Brightline’s chief mechanical officer. “BrightGreen is currently complete and Siemens is putting the finishing touches on BrightOrange.”
Brightline’s first train, BrightBlue, was unveiled in January and BrightPink arrived in March. The trains are housed at Brightline’s railroad operations center, called Workshop b, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
All of Brightline’s trains are being built by nearly 1,000 employees at Siemens 60-acre rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California. To build the coaches, Siemens opened a new 125,000 square foot expansion of its rail manufacturing hub, including a new state of the art welding site. The trains are 100 percent Buy America compliant, utilizing components from more than 40 suppliers across 20+ states. As an example, the guest seats are being manufactured near Chicago, the vestibule doors in Littleton, Colorado and the large windows in Emporia, Virginia.
Each trainset consists of two diesel-electric locomotives, one on each end of four passenger coaches. These locomotives are Tier IV compliant, meaning that they meet the highest emissions standards set by the federal government.
The stainless steel passenger coaches are the first to be manufactured by Siemens in the United States. Brightline’s coaches include many innovations and are designed for guest comfort and convenience. These innovations include level boarding, touchless bathrooms, full accessibility, large, comfortable seats, onboard wi-fi, storage for luggage and bicycles and more.
Stay tuned for more information on the delivery of these next two trainsets in the coming weeks! Brightline will provide a much-needed, hospitality-driven alternative to South Florida’s congested roadways. The line is planning to start its “pre-season” in late July when it initiates express train service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, a 30-minute ride. Service to Miami, a 30-minute ride from Fort Lauderdale, is expected to be added in late August and the official grand opening is planned for mid-September.
On To The Next Stop...
While some of his peers played with Thomas the Tank Engine, Tom Rutkowski, Brightline’s chief mechanical officer, didn’t think trains were that big of a deal. That’s because his dad ran a railroad wreck crew. Growing up in New Jersey, Rutkowski had other career ideas when he headed to Rutgers University. But then he…