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Amtrak lines up ‘heritage’ locomotives, prepares to celebrate 40 years

Published: May 2, 2011
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Amtrak's five paint schemes are on display at Ivy City Yard outside Washington Union Station on May 1.
Photo by Bob Johnston
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Amtrak F40PH No. 406 rests at the head of the railroad's tour train at Washington Union Station on the railroad's 40th anniversary.
Photo by Bob Johnston
WASHINGTON — Amtrak lined up five locomotives representing its current and historical paint schemes for a photo shoot as workers prepare to celebrate the railroad’s 40th anniversary. The railroad began operations on May 1, 1971, taking over passenger operations from most of the nation’s privately owned railroads.

Work on the heritage locomotives began earlier this year, with the first example, P42 No. 145, debuting Jan. 31. The railroad’s Beech Grove, Ind., shops painted the four heritage engines. P42 No. 148 represented the current “Phase V” scheme. No. 145 wasn’t present, but P40 No. 822 stood in its place to represent the 1979-era Phase III scheme. The shoot took place at Ivy City Yard outside Washington Union Station.

Meanwhile, F40PH No. 406, stripped of its prime mover and equipped with a new head-end power generator, sat at the head end of what will be the 40th anniversary display train at Washington Union Station. It’ll tour the country (with P40 No. 822 pulling initially) starting next weekend, and will serve as a “non-powered control unit” on push-pull trains when its tour is complete.

Also part of the tour train will be Café 85999; display cars 10095, 10094, and 10093; and sleeping car/lounge Pacific Bend No. 10020 (for the train’s crew).

Today is Amtrak’s employee appreciation day at Union Station. Public events marking the anniversary begin Saturday, National Train Day, at stations across the country.

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DAVID PRESSLEY from NORTH CAROLINA said:
We ought to have a poll to select our favorite Heritage scheme..... I'm torn between the phase III (tri-color band) or the phase IV (large blue stripe with smaller red ones above it).

I must admit that I really loved the phase I 'bloody nose' scheme but that one was intended for the blunt-nosed SDP40's and not these locomotives.
5 stars
RON D COMEAU from MAINE said:
Has Amtrak released the tour schedule yet? hope it comes to Portland, ME
STEVEN CROSMER from FLORIDA said:
Tommy Russell-there is a company called Walthers, based in Milwaukee, that sells models of HO trains at your local hobby shops. Don't look for them at places like Wal-mart or Target, you'll be lucky if they will even sell starter sets during Christmas.
I also agree with James Miles, and I can only say "yick!ugly!" about the current phase V scheme on the Genesis locomotives, and they look horrible on the F40 and Dash 8's.
The Phase III scheme with its even tri-colored band really stood out and gave Amtrak's trains easy recognition.
Also, I don't like the newer logo they have had for the last dozen or so years. It is too bland and lacks color, and looks like a clam shell to me, or as a sleeper car attendant called it "3 sheets in the wind", what is it to evoke the tought of? Bring back the pointless arrow, it was good political fodder for our politicicians that don't know how to run a railroad, nor our government right.
BRUCE SEBRING from KANSAS said:
Too bad they did not drop a new prime mover into that "boom box" (F40PH) to make it completely operational....
SEAN P FIELDING from NEW YORK said:
Any Schedule of when this special will make a visit to the NYC area ?
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