Siemens Venture

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The Siemens Venture is a trainset produced for passenger railways in Canada and the United States. The passenger cars are based on the Siemens Viaggio Comfort and adapted for the North American market. A number of configurations are available including: coach cars, business cars, cafe cars, and cab cars. The Venture trainset is hauled by the Siemens Charger locomotive.

The Siemens Venture Cars (SV125) feature crash energy management (CEM) systems that include crumple zones at each end to absorb energy in a collision. The cars are in accordance Federal Railroad Aministration regulations, American Public Transportation Association standards, and Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 305 specifications.[1]

The Venture passenger cars were first developed for Brightline, a higher-speed rail system in the American state of Florida. Their trainsets consisted of four 85-foot passenger cars with a Charger locomotive on either end. Siemens was selected to supply the trainsets in August 2014. Brightline worked with the Rockwell Group and Siemens to design and develop the new trains. Manufacturing began in July 2015, and the first trainset was delivered in December 2016.[1]

In 2012, Caltrans awarded a contract to Sumitomo Corporation for the supply of 130 Next Generation Bi-Level Passenger Rail Cas. Sumitomo subcontracted Nippon Sharyo to manufacture the cars. The project encountered delays. In 2015, a prototype car failed to pass a mandatory crash safety test, necessitating a redesign. Caltrans amended its $317-million contract for new passenger cars, replacing Nippon Sharyo with Siemens in 2017. A total of 137 single-level cars will be produced. Caltrans will take 49, and the Illinois Department of Transportation will take 88.[2]

On December 12, 2018, VIA Rail Canada announced that Siemens Canada was awarded a $989 million contract to build 32 new trainsets that will replace the existing fleet used in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor. Each trainset will be composed of a Charger locomotive, two Business cars, two Economy cars, and one Economy cab car. The new trains are expected to go into service in 2022.[3] VIA's first complete Venture trainset was unveiled September 27, 2021, and was delivered on September 29, 2021.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Venture trainsets. Siemens Mobility
  2. "Siemens in, Nippon Sharyo out of Caltrans pact." Railway Age, 09 November 2017.
  3. Via Rail selects Siemens Canada to replace its Quebec-Windsor Corridor fleet. 12 December 2018. Press release. Via Rail Canada.