Amtrak Pays Patriotic Tribute With US Veterans Locomotive!
Amtrak’s ACS-64 #642 Veterans Unit enters its first day of revenue service!
On July 2nd, 2015, Amtrak introduced their Veterans Locomotive for the first time in the Northeast Regional corridor. Called the “Amtrak Cities Sprinter”, the locomotive is designed by the German firm Siemens Mobility and manufactured in the good ole United States of America!
The engine was revealed just in time for the 4th of July!
This brand new locomotive is beautifully painted with a Red, White And Blue “war bonnet” on her nose, followed with a wonderful image on her side, showing all of the branches of the service saluting.
Below that is a string of campaign medals from the different conflicts our country has participated in, set above a long banner of white stars against a dark blue background. The theme continues with red, white and blue stripes on the passenger cars tying everything together. Altogether, very tastefully done!
Note: At 1:20 in the clip, you get a really great up close shot of the engine stopped at the station. You can see how fresh and new this train really is!
Amtrak ordered 70 of these locomotives which are capable of reaching speeds of 125 mph with 18 Amfleet cars in tow in around eight minutes!
Did you get the opportunity to see #642 when she was unveilied? Tell us about it!