Louisville & Indiana adopts six-axle units honoring US veterans

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Twin Honoring Our Veterans six-axle SD40-2s power Louisville & Indiana Railroad's Z550 as it crosses the Flatrock River in Columbus, Ind., on Tuesday, March 20.
Steve Smedley
COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Louisville & Indiana Railroad can be added to the list of regionals adding six-axle ''flares'' to its fleet, with the addition of SD45 carbody, No. 3002, classified as an SD40-2 and running with sister locomotive SD40-2 No. 3001.

The twin units sport a new scheme honoring Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. No. 3001 is the former CEFX No. 3155 and was built as Union Pacific No. 3544. Flare carbody No. 3002 is the former CEFX No. 3113, built as Southern Pacific SD45 No. 8855 and rebuilt as SP No. 7421.

The locomotives underwent work and painting at Metro East Industries Inc., in Fairview Heights, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

The units feature a shield emblem with the words "Honoring Our Veterans." The twin six axles are in captive service on train Z 550 which operates Monday through Friday from Jeff Yard in Jeffersonville, Ind., to Indianapolis.
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