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NORTHEASTERN GOVERNORS, OFFICIALS TO VIEW NEW HIGH SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN

 BOSTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Govs. William F. Weld of Massachusetts and Bruce Sundlun of Rhode Island will be among the passengers today on a new high technology train that, combined with an ongoing major rail infrastructure project, could reduce the Boston-to- New York travel time to less than three hours.
 Weld will board the train in Boston. Sundlun will join the trip in Providence, R.I.
 Today's round trip between Boston and New London, Conn., will be aboard X2000, a high speed tilting train developed by ABB. The trip is being sponsored by Amtrak in conjunction with the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG). The purpose of the special run is to demonstrate X2000's comfort, stability and speed potential along the northern end of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
 The Northeast High-speed Rail Improvement Project (NHRIP), of which the X2000 tests are an integral part, will reduce the Boston-to-New York travel time from its current four hours or more to less than three hours. NHRIP also includes electrification of the route east of New Haven, Conn.
 Today's trip is part of an extensive evaluation of X2000's ability to reduce travel time while operating on existing tracks in the United States. The X2000 demonstration project is jointly sponsored by Amtrak, ABB, Swedish State Railways and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Amtrak will use data collected during the project to help prepare specifications for new high-speed trainsets for the Northeast Corridor.
 X2000's unique radial steering and active carbody tilting technology make it possible for the train to travel up to 40 percent faster than conventional trains through curves and to reach high top speeds on straight track.
 Unlike the high speed trains in Japan and France, X2000 does not require costly dedicated new rights-of-way to reduce trip time. X2000 is designed to operate on existing main line track. The trainset operating on the CONEG trip was built by ABB for the Swedish State Railways. X2000 has reduced the 4-1/2 hour trip between Sweden's two largest cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg, to only two hours 59 minutes.
 Because the railroad is not yet electrified between Boston and New Haven, during today's demonstration run X2000 will be propelled by two Amtrak RTL gas turbine power cars especially modified for this purpose. The RTL power cars do not permit the train to replicate the rapid acceleration and maximum speeds that will be possible once electrification is done.
 On Feb. 1, X2000 will begin a new phase of the U.S. demonstration as it enters passenger service on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and New York, and, later, between Washington and New Haven. In the spring, several demonstration trips will operate south from Boston along the curving New England shore line.
 Weld and Amtrak President Graham Claytor are scheduled to make brief comments at 9 a.m. at Boston's South Station. X2000 will depart Boston at 9:30 a.m.
 Sundlun is expected to address X2000 passengers and others shortly after the train arrives at Providence at 10:15 a.m.
 Weld is 1992-93 chair of CONEG. Sundlun is vice chair of the organization and lead governor for high speed rail. CONEG provides the region's governors an opportunity to examine regional problems, exchange information on innovative solutions and undertake cooperative actions to tackle regional issues dealing with transportation, energy and environment.
 ABB Inc. and ABB Traction Inc., the United States rail passenger equipment company, are headquartered in CONEG states. ABB Traction employs about 700 people at its engineering and manufacturing facility in Elmira Heights, N.Y. ABB is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. ABB and its subsidiaries have sales of approximately $5.5 billion and some 29,000 employees in the United States. ABB provides products and services for the power, process, industrial automation, environmental control, mass transit and other markets.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Armour of ABB, 203-328-2217, or R. Clifford Black of Amtrak, 202-906-3855/


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