Shell Of Brightline’s First Train Now Complete, Ready To Begin Final Assembly

Brightline’s trains are now undergoing final assembly:

Brightline and Siemens announced that the first stainless steel passenger coach car shell for the new train service has been completed, reaching a major milestone in the construction of the trains. More than 70 employees at Siemens’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sacramento have worked on building this 85-foot long first coach car, using more than 50,000 welds to fuse it together.

Siemens says it is employing first-of-its-kind spot-welding technology to build the stainless steel coach car shells and these coaches will be the only carbody with a flat sidewall of this type in the U.S. market. The completed coach shell will now go through a finishing process, preparing it for final assembly.

“With the completion of the first coach car shell, we are bringing our vision for a truly unique train service that will transform travel in Florida one step closer to fruition,” said Mike Reininger, Brightline’s president. “The Siemens team has been working diligently and we are thrilled to mark this milestone as the finishing of this car progresses and the manufacture of additional cars continues.”

This coach shell is part of the first of Brightline’s initial five four-car train sets that will each carry 240 passengers with more train sets to follow as the service expands.

“We’re thrilled to be marking this production milestone with the Brightline team and also recognizing the highly-skilled work taking place at our Sacramento rail manufacturing plant,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock. “Siemens has been successfully building America’s next era of innovative, high-performance and energy-efficient transportation solutions out of our Sacramento hub for decades, and we are excited to continue that tradition by employing the industry’s latest technologies and techniques to build these state-of-the-art trainsets for Brightline and its future riders.”

The Siemens Sacramento, CA, manufacturing plant, which has been in operation for almost 30 years, is powered up to 80 percent by two megawatts of solar energy, currently employs over 800 people, and includes a recent 125,000 square-foot expansion to accommodate growing production needs. To support the skills needed for the advanced welding techniques being employed to build these trainsets, Siemens has launched a workforce development and training initiative partnering with local community colleges and the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA). Siemens has also developed a robust and diverse base of U.S. rail suppliers to support the next-generation of rail manufacturing for Brightline including components from more than 40 suppliers in more than 20 states with additional suppliers still being added.

Last week, Brightline poured the first concrete foundation for its Running Repair Facility in West Palm Beach, where the trains will be serviced and housed. Siemens will perform service and maintenance on the trains there. The facility is expected to be operation in August. Construction is also underway on Brightline’s train stations in Miami at Miami Central, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

 

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Marc305
4 years ago

To be able to go from Miami to Orlando in 3 hours without the hassle of driving will be amazing! This will most definitely help both cities get more tourism as well.

Anonymous
4 years ago

How will you then get around Orlando? You’ll rent a car, no?

Really???
4 years ago

For me it would depend on the trip. I would most likely just Uber.

Anonymous
4 years ago

No need for the retort. It was a genuine question. Those uber rides do cost a lot of money. This train from Orlando to Miami is still not going to work as well as trains between Boston and Philly, NY, DC, or any other NE metro area because intercity transit in all Florida cities are still subpar… that is a FACT

marc
4 years ago

I’ve got friends there.

Anonymous
4 years ago

…… and if you don’t. What if you’re a tourist. How do you get around both Miami and Orlando? Taxi? Rental car? Both will cost way more with continual use than just getting a car

Anonymous
4 years ago

Dude! What the hell is your problem? If you don’t like it, don’t ride it, problem solved. I personally go to Orlando a number of times a year and I will gladly rent a car while I’m there if I need one. People like you are so negative about everything. Get a life.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Just by adding the number of tourists who visit Miami and/or Orlando and then taking just a fraction of them, means that more than “no one” are going to ride! ☑

Anonymous
4 years ago

Well tell that to Amtrak or the Delta Airline because I’m sure the same thing was said to them years ago. Hello!!! people fly in from other countries or train from other states to visit. Why wouldn’t would I take the train to Orlando to Miami or Miami to Orlando? Some people don’t want to drive or can”t drive! This is for them if you want to drive then drive. I know plenty people that take Amtrak from Orlando to Miami and it takes a lot longer so I’m positive people will use this service, well everyone but you Buster.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I will use this without a hesitation, i promise ridership will meet projections

Anonymous
4 years ago

Your username gave me the indication not to bother reading or even take your post seriously…. I’ll pass.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This project is long overdue and it does create alternatives for people to travel (local residents and tourists). You can choose what you like or suits your fancy… cars, buses, planes … trains! It also creates jobs and moves the state of FL forward. I will definitely use it!

Anonymous
4 years ago

I’m all for this transit option. I’m just curious of the pricing.

Laz
4 years ago

the only thing i kind of see myself just trying this once instead of driving for the adventure but i feel its a waste of time like flying to orlando, by the time i get to the train station, park, wait for the train and finally get going i would be already by west palm beach in car, plus Orlando is not the place you want to be without a car, so by the time you add up cost of train plus cost of rental car or uber in orlando, am i at all better off?

Al
4 years ago

Do you know how much the miami to west palm tickets will cost?

Edin Coralic
4 years ago

25 dollars.

Anonymous
4 years ago

They just got an extension to try and sell the junk-rated bonds. Not sure where the money comes from to pull this off.