Trains Top 10 stories for 2019, No. 3: Commemorative locomotives blossom

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A relief crew has just boarded Canadian Pacific Railway No. 7015, leading a deadhead business train bound for Kansas City at Marquette, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 2019. The 7015 is one of 60 SD70ACUs being rebuilt by Progress Rail in Kentucky, using the railroad’s stored SD9043MACs. Ten of the rebuilds will wear the heritage scheme.
Steve Smedley

Thank you, railroad executives, for making commemorative or specially painted locomotives and equipment a "thing" this year.

CSX Transportation opened the year, painting ES44AH No. 1776 for the U.S. military and veterans; ES44AH No. 911 for fire fighters and first responders and ES44AH No. 3194 for police and law enforcement. The Class I railroad — which had only placed decals on the noses of engines in recent years — also repainted and donated a Chesapeake & Ohio-painted caboose. And supposedly, these are the first of others to come.

On the East Coast, NJ Transit unveiled three locomotives in heritage paint: GP40PH-2 No. 4109, repainted to resemble a Central Railroad of New Jersey livery; Bombardier ALP-46A No. 4636, an electric locomotive painted into a Pennsylvania Railroad scheme; and dual-mode Bombardier ALP-45DP No. 4519, with an Erie-Lackawanna paint scheme. These accompanied six Bombardier bi-level coaches wrapped for CJN, Conrail, E-L, Pennsy, the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line, and the NJ Department of Transportation.

In the Midwest, the Wisconsin Great Northern, repainted its SW600 No. 1280 into a Chicago & North Western scheme, while Chicago's Metra painted MP36PH-3S No. 405 in bold orange and chocolate Milwaukee Road colors in addition to painting F40PHM-2 No. 211 in Chicago, Burlington & Quincy colors.

Union Pacific added to its commemorative roster this year with Employee Pride Locomotive SD70ACE No. 1111.

And if that's not enough, Canadian Pacific announced that it will paint 10 new SD70ACU units in classic CP maroon-and-gray paint in addition to five more SD70s painted to honor U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Did we miss one? If so, let us know. It's been a heck of a year for pretty locomotives.

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