HIGH-SPEED TRAIN INTRODUCED IN U.S.
HIGH-SPEED TRAIN INTRODUCED IN U.S. WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A high-speed train will be
tried out in the United States' Northeast Corridor through a joint effort of Amtrak, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, the Swedish State Railways (SJ) and Asea Brown Boveri (ABB).
The Swedish high-speed train, developed and manufactured by Asea Brown Boveri, will be brought here in the fall of 1992 for testing, demonstration and temporary revenue service on Amtrak's lines. The rail technology, known as X2000, results from two decades of research and development by ABB and SJ and does not require substantial investments in new infrastructure because it runs on existing track. Seeking to reverse a decline in traffic, the companies undertook a program to reduce travel time on existing train routes in Sweden without buying additional land or constructing new dedicated track, as is required for other high-speed systems, e.g., Japan's Bullet Train or France's TGV. The announcement here today at the World Railways Congress marked the conclusion of the preliminary agreements among all parties. Completion of the agreement is contingent upon the approval of the boards of directors of Swedish State Railways and Amtrak. Lutz Elsner, president of ABB Traction Inc., a U.S. unit of ABB, states, "The X2000 offers a cost-effective answer to meet our country's economic needs and also addresses environmental issues. Bringing this technology to the United States will assist in reducing air pollution, as well as congestion on our highways and airways. The X2000 is superior inter-city rail equipment, fully competitive with airplanes and automobiles." The design of the X2000 permits it to travel at high speeds without compromising passenger safety or comfort. W. Graham Claytor, Jr., president of Amtrak, noted that the technology represents an important potential component for reducing the travel time between New York and Boston to less than three hours. "Rolling stock such as the X2000 would reduce travel time by permitting faster speed and acceleration through many curves on the Boston-New York route. The technology could also allow some travel time reductions south of New York." The planned test program will measure ride, stability and curving capability. Temporary revenue service is being scheduled for late 1992 or early 1993 on the whole Northeast Corridor. On-board services will include telephone, telefax, computer outlets and stereo music programs. Asea Brown Boveri Inc., headquartered in Stamford, Conn., provides products and services for the power, process, industrial automation, environmental control, mass transit and other markets. The company and its subsidiaries have sales of approximately $6 billion and some 30,000 employees in the United States. -0- 11/21/91 /CONTACT: Karen Armour of Asea Brown Boveri, 203-328-2217, or at home, 203-655/9461/ CO: Asea Brown Boveri Inc. ST: Connecticut IN: TRN SU: JT -- NY060 -- 5900 11/21/91 12:33 EST
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