Source: AEM-7 headed for Illinois museum

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No. 945 approaches 18th Street in Chicago on Tuesday, inbound on the 'Capitol Limited' from Washington, D.C.
Bob Johnston
CHICAGO – An Illinois-built EMD AEM-7 is destined for the Illinois Railway Museum’s collection. A source close to the museum confirms to Trains News Wire the addition of motor No. 945. Details of the acquisition are not available at this time.

The electric locomotive arrived in Chicago on Tuesday morning on train No. 29, the Capitol Limited from Washington, D.C. A timeline for delivery to the museum grounds in Union, 50 miles northwest of Chicago, is not yet known.

EMD built 54 AEM-7s for Amtrak at its LaGrange plant in the late 1970s and early 1980s. No. 945 was outshopped in 1982. It was not one of the 29 AEM-7s converted to AC traction motors in 2000-2002. At 11kV 25 Hz and 25kV 60 Hz AC operating voltages, the locomotive is not compatible with the museum's 600 volt DC overhead system without rewiring.

The Maryland Transit Administration, operator of MARC commuter service on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Baltimore, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority also purchased copies of the model. SEPTA is the last to run its AEM-7s in regular service; however, Siemens is delivering replacement ACS-64 motors in early 2018.

In June 2016, Amtrak ran an AEM-7 farewell excursion from Washington Union Station to Wilmington, Del., and return with Nos. 942 and 946 doing the honors. No. 915 is already preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

Trains News Wire is awaiting comment from Amtrak.
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