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X2000 in Cleveland, 1993.

Color film slide showing the X2000 at the Cleveland, Ohio, Amtrak station while on its national tour in July, 1993.

X2000 in Cleveland, 1993.

As Amtrak explored the development of high-speed rail in the early 1990s, it leased two European high-speed trainsets for testing: the Swedish X2000 and the German Intercity Express (ICE). Both trainsets were used in revenue service on the southern portion of the Northeast Corridor in 1993. The equipment was also put on display in cities across the country.

Designed and built by Asea Brown Boveri, Inc. for the Swedish State Railways, the X2000 was tested by Amtrak because it could travel at higher speeds than conventional trains on existing main line track; unlike contemporary French and Japanese high-speed trainsets, it did not require new, dedicated tracks.

In the image above, the X2000 is parked at Amtrak's Lakefront Station; the skinny spire to the right belongs to Cleveland Union Terminal on Public Square.

Photographer: Ingwar Afeldt. From the Ingwar Afeldt Collection.