Coming to a Long Distance Train Near You

Northeast Ohio has two Amtrak’s long-distance routes but no corridor operation so you’re probably tired of seeing a steady drumbeat of Amtrak’s P40 and P42DC locomotives on the point of the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited.

They’ve been the mainstay of the long-distance trains since the 1990s with the current blue and silver livery dominant since the early 2000s.

In fact some P40 locomotives have been in service for more than 25 years. Yeah, the Genesis series locomotives built by GE have been around for a long time.

Late last year Amtrak announced it had ordered 75 Chargers from Siemens that will be assigned to long-distance trains starting in summer 2021.

The SC-44 is already the motive power of choice for Amtrak’s Midwest corridor trains.

So if you haven’t seen a Charger in the flesh, here is a preview of what you might be seeing in a couple years on the point of the Lake Shore or Capitol.

Shown is the southbound Saluki passing the former Illinois Central depot in Pesotum, Illinois, as it makes its way from Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois.

In the meantime, the Chargers are now being used on Michigan corridor trains so if you want to see or photograph a Charger in action you’ll need to go to that state up north.

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