One of the first of the 28 new trains that Amtrak plans to replace the current Acela trains with made it to the end of the Northeast Corridor at South Station today.
Around 4:10 p.m., the train, made by the French company Alstom, passed through Readville station - at a much slower pace than Acela trains normally do - as a half dozen or so railfans stood on either side of the tracks taking photos.
Until a few days ago, it had never gotten further north on the tracks between Washington and Boston than New Jersey.
Unlike the current pastel-accented silver first-generation Acela trains, the new cars feature a red, white and blue motif:
The 28 new trains will ultimately replace the current 20 Acela trains, which the railroad says will let it offer more frequent service. Plans call for the first new trains to go into service next year, with all of the current Acela trains replaced by 2022.
Like the current Acela trains, the new ones have an electric engine at both ends: