Posts Tagged ‘AEM-7 locomotives’

New York Express in Lancaster

February 3, 2021

The New York Express is makings its station stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania July 2, 1995. Although known as Train No. 644, today this train is simply known as Keystone Service.

Amtrak Memories From a July 1993 East Coast Trip

September 29, 2020

In July 1993, the photographer and a friend ventured East from their homes in Northeast Ohio on a photography expedition.

Among their stops were Princeton Junction, New Jersey, on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. They also stopped on their way home at Horseshoe Curve and caught Amtrak’s Broadway Limited.

Much has changed with Amtrak’s motive power since then. In the early 1990s Northeast Corridor trains were still pulled by AEM-7 locomotives and long-distance trains outside the corridor were handled by F40PH locomotives.

In the top photograph the Silver Meteor comes thundering by Princeton Junction, led by a GE E60 electric engine.

Next up the Pennsylvanian makes an appearance hauling a deadheading slumbercoach.

The last image from Princeton Junction shows the Silver Star.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Amtrak AEM-7 Going to Illinois Railway Museum

March 2, 2018

A former Amtrak AEM-7 has wound up in the collection of the Illinois Railway Museum’s collection.

The electric motor was ferried this week from Washington to Chicago by the Capitol Limited. It is not known when the unit will make the final 50-mile trip to Union, Illinois, where the museum is located.

The unit, No. 945, is one of 54 built by EMD at its LaGrange assembly plant. It was released from the factory in 1982 and is not one of the 29 AEM-7s converted to AC traction motors in 2000-2002.

No. 945 will need to be rewired to be compatible with the museum’s 600 volt DC overhead system.

Amtrak Sends AEM-7s West on Capitol Limited

July 12, 2017

Online reports indicate that Amtrak sent two AEM-7 electric locomotives west on Tuesday to Chicago via the Capitol Limited.

The locomotives Nos. 928 and 942, have been retired from service and are reportedly being sent to the railroading testing center near Pueblo, Colorado. It is clear what purpose the locomotives will serve at the testing center.

The motors pulled an AEM-7 farewell excursion from Washington to Philadelphia in June 2016.
The locomotives were built by EMD between 1978 and 1988 in LaGrange, Illinois, and later rebuilt by Amtrak.