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X2000 TILTING TRAIN TO BE DEMONSTRATED IN NATIONAL TOUR OF HIGH SPEED RAIL CORRIDORS; TOUR TO FOCUS ON KEY CLINTON ADMINISTRATION PRIORITY

 ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- X2000 -- the most advanced high speed train specifically designed to operate on the kind of existing tracks most common in the United States -- will be demonstrated nationally in a 10-week tour.
 The tour will give policymakers in potential high speed rail corridors the opportunity to evaluate X2000, the high speed tilting train developed by ABB. X2000's advanced technology makes it possible to reduce travel time substantially between cities while operating on existing tracks.
 The coast-to-coast tour will begin in New York May 11 and conclude in Seattle on July 9. The national demonstration is a joint project of the states participating in the tour, the Federal Railroad Administration and ABB. Amtrak is assisting in coordinating the tour.
 The national tour will take X2000 to five corridors identified by the Clinton Administration as having the greatest potential for high speed rail service:
 New York City-Albany-Buffalo, May 11-15;
 Washington-Richmond-Raleigh-Charlotte, May 26-29;
 Tampa-Orlando-Miami, May 31-June 10;
 Chicago-St. Louis-Detroit-Milwaukee, June 16-30; and
 Eugene-Portland-Seattle, July 4-9
 Transportation Secretary Federico F. Pena announced on April 28 that the corridors to be visited by X2000 are among those that would be eligible to share nearly $1 billion to develop high speed passenger rail service.
 "X2000 is the ideal train technology to operate over the upgraded tracks outlined in the federal program," according to Lutz Elsner, president of ABB Traction Inc., ABB's U.S. rail equipment company.
 X2000's sophisticated technology permits it to operate at speeds 30 to 40 percent greater than conventional trains on the curving tracks common throughout the United States.
 Amtrak has been evaluating X2000 since last fall. According to J. Kenneth Koehler, Jr., Amtrak's project coordinator for X2000, the technical demonstration has been a complete success.
 "X2000 has met or exceeded all our expectations," said Koehler. "In particular, its mechanical reliability has surpassed even our most optimistic expectations."
 Since February, rail passengers have been able to ride X2000 in Amtrak's Metroliner Service between Washington, D.C., and New York.
 "The response has been overwhelmingly favorable," said Robert Gall, Amtrak's vice president of marketing. "Based on what passengers have told us directly, the letters they have sent and the preliminary results of comprehensive passenger surveys, the great majority of people are very impressed with X2000's ride and comfort."
 Because the rail corridors on X2000's national tour are not electrified, the train will be propelled by non-electric diesel locomotives. The diesel locomotives do not permit the train to replicate the rapid acceleration and maximum speeds that are possible on electrified tracks.
 ABB is working on a design for a high performance diesel electric locomotive for use on corridors where electrification is not contemplated.
 The kick-off of the national tour will be a homecoming for X2000. ABB Traction will host the train at its Elmira Heights manufacturing facility on May 11.
 The Elmira Heights plant is the country's most modern rail equipment manufacturing facility. If ABB Traction is selected by Amtrak or other operators to provide high speed rail equipment, it will be manufactured at Elmira Heights.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Armour of Asea Brown Boveri, 203-328-2217; In New York: Barbara Wayne, New York DOT Communications, 518-457-4042; In Virginia, Tom Stewart, Department of Rail and Public Transportation for Virginia, 804-786-1056; In North Carolina, Julia Hegela, public affairs officer, 919-733-2522, North Carolina DOT; In Florida, Dick Kane, public information adminstrator, Florida DOT, 904-488-3111; In Illinois, Merrill Travis, bureau chief of railroads, Illinois DOT, 217-782-2835; In Michigan, Scott Hercik, acting administrator, Intercity Passenger Programs, Michigan DOT, 517-335-2571; In Wisconsin, Stephanie Smith, press secretary for Gov. Thompson, 608-266-6925; In Oregon, Ron Scheele, public information officer, Oregon DOT, 503-378-6546; or in Washington state, Gil Mallery, rail branch manager, Washington DOT, 206-705-7900/


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