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There are some recent pictures up on Railpictures dot net (a great RR photography site) of the new Alstom Acela Liberty trainset.  Its apparently currently being testing in the vicinity of Penn Station in NYC.  Earlier in the summer - June - it was being tested on the NE Corridor S of Philly.  I missed those picture postings.  Mostly FYI for those of you high speed rail aficionados.  Maybe we can begin to catch up with the European HS Rail -- Alstom makes trainsets for several of those folks - including Italo.

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Paul -- thanks for the pictures.  I think, among other things, the shared bogies (Jacobs) improve the overall efficiency of the trainset.  We rode a similar trainset - also made by Alstom for the private rail, Italo - from Florence to Rome and the ride was very stable and smooth.  My writeup on that trip is here: Italian high-speed rail That particular leg of our multi-train trip through Italy was the fastest - speeds in excess of 150 mph (250 km/h) for more than half the 1.5 hour trip. 

One difference between the Amtrak version of that trainset and the Italo ETR 575 is that Amtrak still uses dedicated power cars at either end while for the Italo version Alstom distributes the power.  So the lead/trailing car is simply a 'cab' and the rest of the car is their Club-level seating.

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