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Acela Express at night, 2000s.

Color digital image showing an Acela Express trainset north of Philadelphia 30th Street Station.

<i>Acela Express</i> at night, 2000s.

The nose of the Acela Express locomotive is painted fiber glass and the rest of the body is stainless steel. It’s very noticeable in certain light, such as in this digital image, where the body looks far shinier than the nose. The Acela Express train sets were designed and manufactured by a consortium of Bombardier and Alstom. Each of the 20 train sets includes six passenger cars between two power cars at each end. Measuring almost 70 feet long, 10.5 feet wide and 14 feet, eight inches high, the power car has 6169 horsepower and is capable of reaching speeds of 150 mph over current Northeast Corridor infrastructure.

Digital image by, and courtesy of, Gary Pancavage.