Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak ‘Pepsi Cans’’

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.

‘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.