Bombardier manufactures New Jersey Transit’s new ALP-45 locomotives in Kassel, Germany and they’re then transported by truck to Hamburg, where they’re loaded onto ships bound for New York.

To get them over land, they must close the Autobahn while the locomotive navigates sharp on-ramps, remove signs along surface streets because they’re too close to the pavement, and more.

A division of Deutsche Bahn has the contract for getting the engines from the factory to Hamburg. They’ve created this short video to document the process.


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Matt Johnson has lived in the Washington area since 2007. He has a Master’s in Planning from the University of Maryland and a BS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. He lives in Dupont Circle. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is an employee of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. His views are his own and do not represent those of his employer.