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FLEET UPGRADES

Fleet Improvements

The current SEPTA Regional Rail fleet presents both age and capacity issues given the amount of service operated, and current and anticipated ridership levels. On a daily basis, SEPTA provides 296 Rail Cars and 6 Locomotive Engines pulling 36 Coaches, to meet the current schedule requirement.

The newest cars in the fleet - the 6 year old Silverliner V's were purchased to replace Silverliner II & III cars, which were 47 and 43 years old, respectively. In addition to the SLV's, SEPTA operates and maintains 231 Silverliner IV's (39-43 years old) and push pull cars, which are about 30 years old. The push pull train sets are powered by AEM-7 locomotives that are 28 years old and an ALP-44 engine that is 20 years old.

Starting October 1, 2017, future updates to this site will include data on reliability of the fleet, daily car availability (to address overcrowding), and vehicle maintenance campaigns designed to improve the level of service to our customers.

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Locomotives


  • SEPTA is the only commuter rail system in the country still operating with AEM-7 locomotives
    • Replacement a PRIORITY and a contract has been awarded to Siemens
    • 15 locomotives will replace 8 existing locomotives (7AEM-7's/1 ALP-44) to upgrade vehicles and support purchase of multi-level cars


Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).

Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).


Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA General Manager inspects the first frame assembly for new SEPTA locomotive with representatives at Siemens Rail Manufacturing Plant in Sacramento, CA. (frame assembly in this image is upside down to facilitate this step of the fabrication).

ACS-64 locomotive in production at Siemens.


ACS-64 locomotive in production at Siemens.

ACS-64 locomotive after being painted.

ACS-64 locomotive after it has received its first coat of paint.

A look at the front of the ACS-64 locomotive after being painted.

The ACS-64 locomotive from inside the cab.

The ACS-64 locomotive from inside the cab.

The ACS-64 locomotive after being painted.

The frame assembly of the first SEPTA ACS-64 being moved from its first assembly location to the next stage of production at Siemens.

The frame assembly of the first SEPTA ACS-64 being moved from its first assembly location to the next stage of production at Siemens.

Transformers in production for ACS-64 locomotives (blue drum used as am expansion tank for the transformer coolant during shipping)
Transformers in production for ACS-64 locomotives (blue drum used as an expansion tank for the
transformer coolant during shipping)



Multi-Level Cars


On Thursday, March 23, 2017 the SEPTA Board, at its regularly scheduled meeting, approved the award of a contract to CRRC MA Corp to purchase 45 multi-level coaches, with an option to purchase 10 more cars.


  • New multi-level cars will increase capacity
    • Multi-level fleet will be used to address service enhancements including additional Express trains
    • Vehicles will have comfortable two-two seating arrangement on both levels
    • No other cars currently in SEPTA fleet will be retired with the acquisition of multi-levels



Silverliner VI Cars

  • Investigating long-term financing options to advance procurement of Silverliner VI cars to replace Silverliner IV fleet


Projected Schedule

Number of Vehicles Notice to Proceed First Vehicle Last Vehicle
Locomotives 15 July, 2015 March, 2018 November, 2018
Multi-Levels 45 March, 2017 December, 2019 July, 2020


Frazer Shop and Yard Improvements

  • In order to support the increased number of locomotives and new multi-level fleet, SEPTA is already engaged in extensive expansion of the Frazer Shop and Yard Facilities
    • Phase 1 construction is underway and Phase 2 contract awarded


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