Amtrak Acela Express Trains
and HHP-8 Locomotives Halted
Amtrak's high-speed Acela Express trains have been completely removed from service as of Monday evening, August 12,
2002, after it was found that yaw damper brackets on the trucks of power cars of initially three Acela Express trainsets
had shown signs of cracking. It is unclear if and when Acela Express service will resume its full schedule.
We will bring you the latest details as they become available.
*This article alludes to cracks being found in the yaw damper brackets of 15 locomotives aside from the Acela Express
power cars. These locomotives are the HHP-8s, which run interchangeably with the older AEM-7 and E60MA electric units on
the Northeast Corridor. It is confirmed that all 15 of the HHP-8s are out of service, in addition to all 18 Acela Express
Aug 15: Update on Acela Express Service (Amtrak)
Aug 14: More Acela Express Trainsets Return to Service (Amtrak)
Aug 14: Statement by Amtrak President David Gunn to Employees
Aug 13: Update on Acela Express Trainset Inspections (Amtrak)
Aug 13: Amtrak Statement on Acela Express Trainset Inspections (Amtrak)
Please check back later for further developments.