Illinois has announced it has chosen a potential vendor for high speed rail engines. The state is serving as the buyer for a consortium of five state governments acquiring 35 locomotives able to reach 125 mile an hour speeds. Service on most of the Chicago to Saint Louis line through Bloomington Normal is expected to reach 110 miles an hour by 2017. Illinois rail administrators say trains already move that fast on about 80 miles of track. Illinois Transportation Director Ann Schneider says the engines will likely be made in California. The State of California last year selected a company in Rochelle, Illinois to make 130 rail cars. Total federal support for the purchases tops $800 million.
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