The Acela Trainset has a Locomotive at each end.
Amtrak Acela HSEL (High-Speed Electric Locomotive) #2016, rated at 6250 H.P. The Acela Trainset has a 6250
H.P. Locomotive at each end. The name Acela comes from a combination of the words acceleration and
excellence. Photo © Stan Feldman 6/01/2001.
Acela is Amtrak's high-speed railroad passenger service along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in the Northeast
United States between Washington, D.C., and Boston via Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Acela Express trains are the only true high speed railroad passenger trainsets in North America; the highest
speed they attain is 150 mph though their average is less than half that speed. The Acela has become popular
with business travelers, and has captured over half of the market share of air or train travelers between
Washington and New York.Between New York and Boston the Acela Express has up to a 54% share of the combined
train and air market.
Acela Passenger trains use tilting technology which allows the train to travel at higher speeds on the
sharply curved NEC without disturbing passengers, by lowering lateral centrifugal forces.
The Acela carried just under 3.4 million passengers in fiscal year 2012;second only to the somewhat slower
Northeast Regional, which had over 8 million riders in FY 2012. In 2012, the Acela Express had a total
revenue of $508,080,295, up from $409,251,483 in 2009.
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