Petition circulates to rename Amtrak locomotives after crash victims

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SEATTLE — A petition to rename two Amtrak Cascades locomotives after two passenger rail advocates killed in this week’s wreck is gaining traction online.

Jim Hamre, 61, and Zack Willhoite, 35, were killed while riding Amtrak train No. 501 Monday when it derailed north of Olympia, Wash. Hamre was a Rail Passengers Association (formerly National Association of Railroad Passengers) board member and vice president of All Aboard Washington, the state’s non-profit passenger advocacy group. Willhoite worked for Pierce Transit in Lakewood as an IT customer service support specialist and was also on the board of All Aboard Washington.

The petition calls for Amtrak and Washington State Department of Transportation to name Siemens Charger locomotives Nos. 1400 and 1401 after Hamre and Willhoite.

“What better way to honor these two railfans than by displaying their names on the side of the locomotives of the very line they knew and loved?” petition organizers wrote.

As of Wednesday night, the petition already had more than 500 signatures.

See the petition online.

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