Metra Milwaukee heritage unit draws former employees

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No. 405 shows off its new Hiawatha nose logo at Grayslake, a detail left out of the first publicity photos shared by Metra.
Jimmy Solum
GRAYSLAKE, Ill. – When Metra train No. 2119 arrived at Grayslake on Thursday afternoon, it brought a little bit of railroad history with it — in two ways. Most prominent was the appearance of Milwaukee Road-painted MP36PH-3S No. 405 leading the train into the station. And a number of those present for its arrival were former Milwaukee Road employees, according to photographer Jimmy Solum.

No. 405’s appearance on Thursday brought a surprise for many, a newly mounted Hiawatha nose logo, which was missing in the publicity photos previous shared by Metra. The logo, part of the Milwaukee Road’s last paint scheme, appeared on just 37 units beginning in 1983: 31 SD40-2s, two SD10s, one SW1200, and three GP40s.
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Some former Milwaukee Road employees gather at Grayslake on Thursday afternoon to inspect No. 405.
Jimmy Solum

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