Schaeffler North America


Publication | 1998-10
FAG Journal Roller Bearings TAROL for the American Flyer

High-speed trains

Acela Express high-speed trains


ACELA Express is the name given to the new high-speed trains in America developed by a consortium between Bombardier Transportation (Canada) and Alstom (France). They close the gap still present in the US in the high-speed train sector in comparison to Europe (TGV, ICE) and Japan (Shinkansen). The trains operated by AMTRAK have been running since the end of 1999 on the Northeast Corridor, which is the connection between Boston and New York and reach speeds of up to 240 km an hour.

The route was overhauled and modernized so that the trains could operate at high speeds. 15 electric locomotives were purchased for traditional electrified lines alongside 18 electric motive power units (traction unit trailer with tilting traction unit).

FAG supplies all the bearings for the wheelsets, traction motors and transmissions in the traction units.