Amtrak took delivery of another electric locomotive from Siemens. The ACS-64 (number 642) arrived in Washington DC via the "Capital Limited" on the 18th of May.
Amtrak ordered 70 of these electric locomotives for the Northeast Corridor and the Keystone Service. They are to replace the aging AEM-7 electric locomotives and the unreliable HHP-8 electric units.
One of the members of the soon the be gone class AEM-7 electrics:
A photo of the Rc6 electric locomotives from ASEA in Sweden on which the Amtrak AEM-7 was based:
And here is a photo of the HHP-8 class. Apparently Amtrak can not get rid of these fast enough as they are very unreliable:
The European "base" of the HHP-8, electric class 36000 built by Alstom in France: