Brightline’s First Locomotive Completes Track Testing
The first of the Brightline locomotives has completed its track testing in Sacramento, according to an update on their website. It is an important milestone, running the diesel engine for the first time along with a host of other checks.
They tested the air braking system, software for all systems, the doors, fire detection system, audible warning devices, communication systems, interior and exterior lighting and the weight verifications. The entire test took three weeks to complete.
The trains will have ergonomic cab designs for the engineers as well as an integrated trainset system that will improve ride quality and make for a far quieter ride than a traditional train. Commuting between Miami and West Palm Beach is expected to take only one hour and complimentary wifi is available for the ride.
The locomotive is expected to be delivered to Florida later this year, with rail service commencing in the summer of 2017. The station in Downtown Miami is currently under construction and will include 200,000 square feet of retail, 290,000 square feet of office space, 800 residential apartments and a 95-story high rise.