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N Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak Cities Sprinter Locomotive

Sleek Electrics for a modern era

The ACS-64, also known as the “Amtrak Cities Sprinter”, is Amtrak’s replacement of the aging AEM-7 and HHP-8 electric locomotives for operation in the Northeast and Keystone Corridors. Built by Siemens and based on the EuroSprinter European electric locomotive design, the Cities Sprinter is nonetheless a unique model to North America and is built entirely in the United States. The Prototype, entering service as of February 2014, is meant to pull as many as 18 Amfleet cars at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour!

 

The new Cities Sprinter locomotive will come bundled with a brand new car, prototypically appropriate for the ACS-64 operation!

 

Amfleet I: During its beginnings, Amtrak inherited its passenger cars from other railroads. Old, steam heated and in dire need of upgrades, Amtrak set out to replace these cars in 1973 with the purchase of the first Amfleet cars from Budd. This initial batch of 492 cars were the Amfleet I – with a door and vestibule on either end (unlike their single-doored successor), these cars fell into a few different varieties but essentially broke down into coach and dinette variants. Despite the introduction of their newer cousins, Amfleet I’s are still in use by Amtrak, primarily for shorter distance routes.


 
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The ACS-64 has a distinct, modern streamlined look.

Kato'S ACS-64 model has been painstakingly recreated using data provided by Amtrak and the manufacturer

The model will replicate the "smooth" seamless look of the prototype model with the headlights hidden behind a flush coverplate.

Feature videos:

First Look: Watch this video (also accessible by clicking the image to the left) to check out a first look at the new ACS-64 locomotive and Amfleet I Coach and Cafe cars!

The models in the video are pre-production models and may have some slight differences to the final production models arriving in November/December.

Now with Sound! Watch this video (also accessible by clicking the image to the left) to hear the ACS-64 Sound Card for the Kato Soundbox system!

The Sound Card for the ACS-64 is specially designed with a variety of features specific to this engine, like the timed “stay alert” beep, door open and close functions, prototype specific horns, and other sounds recorded specifically from an ACS-64 at Siemens’ test track in Sacramento, CA!

See the Kato Soundbox page for full details on how this system works and the available Sound Sets.

ACS-64 Locomotives + Related Sets

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N Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak #600 “David L. Gunn”

137-3001-DCC N Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak #600 “David L. Gunn” w/ Preinstalled DCC

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#600

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$150 for Analog/DC. $230 for Digital DCC.

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N Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak

137-3002-DCC N Siemens ACS-64 w/ Preinstalled DCC

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#627

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$150 for Analog/DC. $230 for Digital DCC.

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N Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak

137-3002-DCC N Siemens ACS-64 w/ Preinstalled DCC

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#648

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$150 for Analog/DC. $230 for Digital DCC.

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N ACS-64 and Amfleet I Phase VI 5-Unit Bookcase Set

106-8001-1N ACS-64 and Amfleet I Phase VI 5-Unit Bookcase Set w/ Preinstalled Interior Light

106-8001-DCCN ACS-64 and Amfleet I Phase VI 5-Unit Bookcase Set w/ Preinstalled DCC

Set Includes:

Siemens ACS-64 "Cities Sprinter" Electric locomotive Amtrak #621

Amfleet I Coach Amtrak Phase VI #82500

Amfleet I Coach Amtrak Phase VI #82605

Amfleet I Coach Amtrak Phase VI #82741

Amfleet I Cafe Amtrak Phase VI #48178

*7 Slot bookcase that can be used to hold the base set along with an additional two Amfleet cars.

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$250 for Analog/DC. $350 for Digital DCC. $310 for Pre-lit Cars.

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