Watch Amtrak's 165 MPH Test Trains Whiz Past

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 09:48 AM

As we reported Monday, Amtrak is taking steps to run Acela trains at a new top speed of 160 m.p.h. along four stretches of the Northeast Corridor. The current top is 150 m.p.h. All this week, the company is running empty test trains at night at 165 m.p.h., and rail fans are out there with video cameras.

Here's a sampling what a very high speed (by American standards) train looks like in motion.

The Harlem Line Productions You Tube Channel got an up close view of all the test runs from normal speeds of 135 m.p.h on up. For the fastest runs skip ahead to about 1:20.


The All Aboard Productions You Tube channel offers up the most complete document of what high speed testing looks like. And it's in HD, so remember to turn on that feature. AAP captures nine test runs, and documents the exact time of each in the comments.


Here are two views from Hamilton, NJ station via You Tube user THEATREofPAIN270.



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Comments [4]


Andrew--The Shanghai corridor is 20 miles from the new financial district to Pudong Int'l Airport. Tops out at 268 MPh, runs at 99.9% on time and covers O&M costs. Central Japan Rail is moving forward om their super conducting Maglev and will begin replacing some of their Shinkansen Bullet Trains with Maglev by 2025.They are probably the best High Speed operators worldwide.

Oct. 01 2012 09:32 AM
Andrew Carothers MD

I want TN to bring us up to date on MagLev trains.
It is my understanding that there are only 2:
1) A 10 miles test track at a Siemens plant in Germany,
and 2) a short track to the Hong Kong Airport.

Sep. 27 2012 05:01 PM

Still crawling on the Hudson line....

Sep. 27 2012 02:43 PM
Big Jim

One more video of the 165 mph test run can be found at:

Sep. 26 2012 10:44 AM

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