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Amtrak unveils 50th anniversary commemorative locomotives

P42 in 'Midnight Blue'
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Amtrak has unveiled a few freshly painted locomotives featuring new anniversary logo to commemorate national intercity passenger railroad's 50 years of service this year.

The first of six different commemorative 50th anniversary locomotives has already entered service on the national network.

“We chose locomotives already budgeted for new paint as part of our life cycle preventative maintenance program and used the opportunity to celebrate this significant milestone on the most iconic component of our business,” said Amtrak President Stephen Gardner said in a press release. 

The commemorative locomotives include:

  • P42 #46 in "Phase V 50th" – the standard Amtrak livery for the past two decades with Amtrak's “Connecting America for 50 Years” slogan including a large golden yellow 50;
  • P42 in “Midnight Blue” — a paint scheme celebrating the dedication and commitment of Amtrak's employees;
  • P42 in “Phase VI” — the first adaptation of the latest Amtrak livery phase on a P42;
  • P42 in “Phase I” — a rendition of Amtrak’s first livery phase dating back to 1972;
  • P42 in “Dash 8 Phase III” — the award-winning livery designed for the Dash 8 locomotive fleet in the early 1990s, adapted for the first time to a P42 locomotive; and
  • ALC-42 #301 in “Day 1” scheme — a historic throwback to the design created for the first day of operations on May 1, 1971, which will be applied to Amtrak’s newest locomotive.

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