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Amtrak's National Network locomotives get new look

The No. 309 Charger locomotive will travel from California to Delaware before entering service.
Photo – Amtrak/Mike Armstrong


Amtrak locomotives operating on its National Network will receive a new paint scheme over the next few years.

The first Amtrak locomotive — Locomotive No. 309, a Charger — to sport the new look is traveling from California to Delaware on the California Zephyr and Capitol Limited lines. It will go through an acceptance process at Amtrak’s Wilmington, Delaware, facility before entering service, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

The locomotive is the 10th of 75 ALC-42 units being delivered through 2025 from Siemens Mobility’s rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California.

The paint scheme features the mainstay "Amtrak Blue” with "Amtrak Red”"and midnight blue separated by white arcs. It also draws directly from the "rails over the horizon" theme found in the intercity passenger railroad's Travelmark logo.

The design is a departure from Amtrak's predominantly silver locomotives, which will help make repairs more efficient, Amtrak officials. This is the seventh standard exterior design of Amtrak locomotives in the railroad's 50-year history.

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