Brightline reveals features of its rail cars

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The first shell of a Brightline locomotive was unveiled last week at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Calif.
The first shell of a Brightline locomotive was unveiled last week at the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Calif.

Brightline, the privately owned passenger rail service that will eventually take riders from Miami to Orlando, revealed features of its passenger cars as well as its first completed locomotive shell.

The first train cars, which are under construction at the Siemens factory in Sacramento, Calif., are on schedule to be delivered to South Florida by mid-2017, Brightline said last week.

Brightline's Julie Edwards takes a look at prototypes of the seats that will be on Brightline trains.
Brightline's Julie Edwards takes a look at prototypes of the seats that will be on Brightline trains.

The passenger cars will be outfitted with 21-inch-wide leather seats similar to what airlines provide in business class on long-haul flights. Tables with retractable trays will accompany the seats. Power outlets, including USB connections, will be built into seats and tables.

Brightline will sell seats in two classes, Smart and Select.

The yellow, black and white locomotive shell features a sleekly angled nose and will be powered by fuel-efficient, diesel-electric engines. The shell is constructed of carbon steel.

The rail line says it will make the 235-mile trip from Miami to Orlando in three hours while traveling at speeds up to 125 miles per hour. The express service will stop only in the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with a northern terminus at Orlando Airport.

Service between Miami and West Palm Beach is scheduled to begin in mid-2017. Brightline had previously said it would open the Orlando station by the end of 2017 but now estimates Orlando service will begin sometime in 2018.

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