LTK has been at the forefront of high-speed rail development in the U.S. since day one. Beginning in 1965, we assisted the U.S. Department of Commerce (later USDOT) and the Pennsylvania Railroad (later Penn Central) in the design and development of the 160 mph-capable Metroliner cars as part of the nation’s first high-speed rail program.
In subsequent years, we worked with USDOT and FRA in assessing European rolling stock developments as part of the Improved Passenger Equipment Evaluation Program (IPEEP). We also participated in high-speed, high-cant deficiency testing and ride quality evaluations conducted under the sponsorship of the Coalition of Northeast Governors (CONEG).
In 1993, LTK was chosen to play a key role in Amtrak’s Acela high-speed trainset program. We served as Amtrak’s lead engineer and provided management support for the procurement of these 150 mph tilting trains. Our responsibilities included design review, inspection and test witnessing. As part of this effort, we worked closely with FRA to help develop the regulatory framework for high-speed rail in the U.S. We have provided Amtrak with continuous technical support to the present day. This fleet of only 20 trainsets currently generates fully 30% of Amtrak’s annual ticket revenue.
LTK has assisted Amtrak in its procurement of locomotive-hauled intercity passenger cars since the carrier’s inception in 1971. We assisted Amtrak in selecting its original car fleet from the cars on offer by the legacy railroads. Subsequently, we provided technical and engineering support services for the Amfleet I, Superliner I, Superliner II, and Talgo car procurement programs.