Pretty as a Picture in Joliet

Amtrak was nearly two years old when Robert Farkas captured EMD E9A No. 407 leading the southbound Prairie State at Joliet, Illinois, in April 1973.

Train No. 301 had originated in Milwaukee and is en route to St. Louis where it will turn and return this evening as the Abraham Lincoln.

The photographer commented that the paint on No. 407 looked almost new, which it might well have been.

No. 407 was originally Milwaukee Road 31A although it had been built in February 1956 as No. 201A.

Train 301 will operate between Milwaukee and St. Louis until Oct. 1, 1973, when new Turboliner equipment will be assigned to the run.

Engine No. 407 would solider on for Amtrak until being retired in July 1981. Well before then, though, all of Amtrak’s Midwest corridor trains would have received Amfleet equipment and end was in site for steam-heated cars assigned to the long-distance trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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