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Amtrak yesterday released into service a commemorative P-42 diesel locomotive to mark Operation Lifesaver Inc.'s (OLI) 50 years of rail safety advocacy.
The locomotive is emblazoned with black and yellow imagery, including OLI’s slogan “See Tracks? Think Train!”
Amtrak and OLI have been partners for years with the goal of educating communities and reducing high-risk behavior of motorists and pedestrians around train tracks, Amtrak officials said in a press release.
“We are proud to celebrate Operation Lifesaver in reaching a critical milestone. When you see this distinctive Amtrak locomotive travel through your community, you will be reminded of the importance of rail safety,” said Amtrak President Stephen Gardner.
OLI has programs in 46 states and Washington, D.C., where volunteers provide free safety presentations to law enforcement officers, first responders, children, school bus operators, truckers, student drivers and others. The locomotive will serve Amtrak’s national network.
“Over the past five decades, Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners have helped reduce railroad crossing incidents by 84%, from 12,000 in 1972, the year Operation Lifesaver started, to 1,900 in 2020. But there is still work to be done,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh.