High-Speed Train Test in Pueblo Shows How Fast Amtrak is [WATCH]
Colorado is getting its first high-speed train with Amtrak. High-speed testing was conducted, and we found the video of how it went.
The train traveled at speeds up to 165 mph, when it was originally anticipated to reach 160 mph.
Amtrak’s new Acela fleet, scheduled to enter service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, continues to progress with its high-speed testing at Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo., as the first Acela prototype completed another milestone by traveling at speeds up to 165 mph, although the train’s initial top operating speed will be 160 mph.
There are five Amtrak stations in Colorado:
- Denver, CO – Union Station (DEN)
- Fraser-Winter Park, CO (WIP)
- Glenwood Springs, CO (GSC) (pictured above)
- Granby, CO (GRA)
- Grand Junction, CO (GJT)
This train's plans were announced nearly four years ago, in August of 2016.
Amtrak's testing period is expected to last nearly nine months. Testing started in February.
Amtrak’s upgraded Acela Express will us 20% less energy and reach speeds up to 160 mph with hopes of eventually reaching up to 186 mph.