Posts Tagged ‘Union Pacific locomotives’

Rocky Mountaineer Leases 2 UP Locomotives

July 21, 2021

Excursion operator Rocky Mountain has leased a pair of Union Pacific locomotives to pull its trains between Denver and Moab, Utah.

The service, known as “Rockies to Red Rocks,” is expected to begin Aug. 15. Officials said the locomotives may be wrapped or otherwise dressed up before service begins.

Passengers will have a two-day trip with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The locomotives arrived as the fourth of eight test trips being run to allow crews to become familiar with the route before the launch of revenue service.

The locomotives have been leased to Rocky Mountaineer for the duration of the train’s debut season in Colorado.

When IC Motive Power Still Worked for Amtrak

May 6, 2020

Illinois Central passenger locomotives did not work for Amtrak for very long.

Although IC E units continued to pull Amtrak trains in the Chicago-Carbondale-New Orleans corridor for the three years, they were soon replaced with units that had been owned by other railroads.

That changeover is somewhat visible in this image that was made at Markham Yard on the Illinois Central Gulf on Oct. 15, 1972.

Shown are IC E8A No. 4027, IC E8A No. 4027, Union Pacific E9B No. 970 and IC E8B No. 4105.

The UP B unit would continue to be used by Amtrak as a heater car and carried roster numbers 468, 1919 and 669.

IC Nos. 4027 and 4105 were retired after their Amtrak service and scrapped. IC 4023 would later be sold to New Jersey Transit and was also used by MARC.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Look Back at the Rainbow Era

September 17, 2019

The first couple years of Amtrak operations are known as the rainbow era because liveries of various railroads and common on trains.

Locomotives and passenger cars carried their original colors and markings until painted into Amtrak colors.

Amtrak 1427 and 1371 (Both ex-Union Pacific units) are ready to leave Joliet, Illinois on Aug 6, 1972, on a train operating in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Photograph by Robert Farkas