Watercolor… ACS-64 engines run on 12 kV 25 Hz power with a maximum power of 6,400 kilowatts (8,600 hp). Head End Power is 1,300 hp 3 phase, 60 Hz, 480 VAC 100 kVA. The Siemens ACS-64, electric locomotive began to appear on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rail in mid 2017 to late 2018. SEPTA purchased 15 of these new push-pull units to replace an aging Electo Motive Division (EMD) AEM-7 fleet. At this time SEPTA also rosters 2 versions of “Silverliners”; the mid-70’s, General Electric (GE) Silverliner IV and more recent, SL-V by Hyundai Rotem built in 2010… both currently operating in regional commuter service. 45 new CRRC-MA Multi Level Cars (34 Coaches and 11 Cab Cars) are presently (2021) in the process of procurement.
The Wayne Junction Electric Shop, located off Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia, was built by the Reading Railroad (RDG), in 1929 when the road was electrified. The brick building and yard sit adjacent to catenary trackage on SEPTA’s current northeast lines, of those that remain in service from the original portions of the old Reading’s electrified system. This view is an impression, based on my observations over the years, riding by as a commuter in RDCs, that terminated in non-electrified Bethlehem, Pennsylvania… and the few, more recent times, I was able and lucky enough to get a seat at the head end of a Silverliner V, with a front window, to Lansdale, out of Philly.