The first locomotive to sport Amtrak’s new livery makes its maiden trip across America.
Locomotive 309 is traveling from California to Delaware, where it will go through an acceptance process before entering service.
Locomotive 309 is the first unit to wear Amtrak’s Phase VII livery.
© Mike Armstrong for Amtrak
Phase VII is the seventh standard exterior design in Amtrak’s 50-year history and features the railroad’s well-known blues and reds, separated by white arcs.
The new design is directly inspired by the abstract theme of “rails above the horizon” found in Amtrak’s Travelmark logo. Red was used on the front of the locomotive to add color, while darker blues were used strategically to accentuate the sleek shape of the vehicle, Amtrak said.
The whites used are reflective – for more visibility and better safety – and the SNCF has removed the metallic colors in order to improve the efficiency of the repair work.
“Amtrak is in an exciting new era, with a historic investment in its fleet under the American Jobs Act to purchase more new locomotives and passenger cars.
“We have the perfect opportunity to evolve our image as we grow as a vital part of the US transportation network and expand our services to more cities across the country.
“We have created this new look for our trains that reflects the transformation underway at Amtrak as we welcome back our loyal customers while introducing new generations to train travel.”
Locomotive 309 is the tenth of 75 ALC-42 units manufactured and delivered by 2025 by Siemens Mobility.
Built at the manufacturer’s California facility, they are significantly more environmentally friendly than their predecessors, making them an important part of Amtrak’s sustainability initiative.