Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak P32-8 locomotives’

Chicago Union Station, May 1997

May 5, 2018

It is May 1997 and this is the state of the art of Amtrak rolling stock and equipment as seen at Chicago Union Station.

Partly visible at far left is a Superliner train, perhaps the inbound Southwest Chief from Los Angeles.

In the middle is a Midwest corridor train, perhaps a train to or from Detroit. In this era, trains on that route operated with former Metroliner cab cars facing west.

To the right is another Midwest corridor train with a P32-8 wearing the one-of-a-kind livery in which those units were delivered.

Many wags described them as “Pepsi cans” because the scheme resembled a brand look of the beverage that was used at the time.

This livery proved to be fairly short lived and the P32s would later be repainted in the Phase IV livery that Amtrak adopted in 1997.

Generations of Motive Power

February 20, 2017

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Amtrak train No. 4 is departing from the station in Naperville, Illinois, and is about to cross over to the center track for the run into Chicago.

I made this image of the motive power consist because I found it interesting how there are three distinct locomotives represented.

On the point is a P40DC locomotive with the fading stripes that are original to those units, but which proved to be short lived on Amtrak.

In the middle is a P32-8 wearing its striking and original livery that proved to be unique to these locomotives.

And the third unit is an F40PH in the Phase III livery. At the time, F40s were still commonplace, but starting to fade from the roster.

Double Shot of Amtrak P32-8 Locomotives

December 30, 2016

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I’ve only seen a pair of Amtrak P32-8 locomotives paired together on the point of a train one time. Maybe it used to be a common occurrence, but not that I saw.

Usually, one P32-8 was paired with a P40DC or P42DC. I even once saw a consist of a P40, a P32-8 and an F40PH.

I had my camera with me when I saw these two P32s, each wearing their original livery, wheeling the Chicago to Los Angeles Desert Wind through Riverside, Illinois.

It is April 8, 1996, and during the height of the era when some Amtrak long-distance trains did not operate daily.

One of those was the California Zephyr, which had long forwarded the Desert Wind through cars out of Chicago.

But on this day the Desert Wind is operating solo. The Zephyr will be back tomorrow, but probably not a pair of P32 units working in tandem.

‘Pepsi Can’ at Glenview Pushing a Hiawatha

September 27, 2016

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I’ve enjoyed spending time at the joint Amtrak/Metra station in Glenview, Illinois. If you like passenger trains, it is a nice place to visit.

Metra comes through every hour and more frequently during peak commuter travel times. Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service┬áis a frequent visitor and the Empire Builder also stops in Glenview.

During some of my trips to Glenview, I’ve sought to photograph the P32-8 locomotives that pushed and pulled the Hiawatha trains. I liked and still like the striking livery those locomotives came in from the GE factory.

A common nickname for these units was “Pepsi cans” because they somewhat resembled a look of the soft drink cans.

It was a tough image to make because the P32s always faced north and the tracks here run north and south. That means shooting into the sunlight.

I did what I could with varying results. Shown is a Chicago-bound train departing Glenview on May 27, 1997.