Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak Heritage units’

Amtrak Creates Another Heritage Unit

December 12, 2021

Amtrak has created yet another heritage unit but you’ll need to travel to East Coast to see it.

ACS-64 No. 662 was given a Phase III heritage wrap with a livery similar to what the passenger carrier’s AEM-7 units wore in the 1980s.

No. 662 will be assigned to revenue service in the electrified portions of the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington.

The wrap is sponsored by Dovetail Games, which is using the Amtrak 50th anniversary herald in its Train Sim World 2.

The wrap is intended to be short term and expected to remain in place through next May, Amtrak officials said.

To see a photo of No. 662 and to read more visit

Tracking the Amtrak Phase II Heritage Units

April 11, 2021

With the demise of Amtrak No. 66, the Phase II livery heritage unit, its replacement, P42DC No. 130 debuted late in 2018.

The only time I photographed it was on Nov. 11, 2018, trailing at Painesville on the eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

Looking through older photos, though, I found I did photograph it leading on Train No. 48 at Lloyd Road in Wickliffe on June 28, 2010.

Here it is splitting two coal trains for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company coal-fired power plant in Eastlake when it was still in operation.

This is one of the many photos that I can say I’m glad I got it when I got it.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Paying Tribute to Amtrak P42DC 66 and 156

March 29, 2021

With Amtrak’s 50th anniversary approaching and the upcoming paint schemes to be applied to six locomotives, I looked back to remember P42DC No. 66, which was lost to the scrappers in 2016 due to a bent frame suffered in the last accident it was involved in.

That locomotive was painted in the Phase II scheme to commemorate the 40th anniversary in 2011.

P42DC No. 190 has since had the Phase II livery applied to it to replace No. 66.

I first saw both Nos. 66 and 156 (Phase I livery) on an early outing with a private car excursion to the Rock Island (Illinois) train festival in July 2011.

At the festival it was on many of the excursions with No. 156 and one of the visiting steam locomotives.

No. 156 is also sidelined after being in a collision. With  another P42DC getting the Phase 1 scheme for the 50th anniversary it’s possible that Nickel Plate No. 765 will be the survivor of the three locomotives highlighted in these photos.

The 66 and 156 are shown together at Moline, Illinois, on July 21, 2011, and at Colona, Illinois, on July 22.

No. 66 is shown on the point of the eastbound Lake Shore Limited at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, on July 31, 2011.

Finally, we see No. 66 leading the eastbound Lake Shore at 7:52 a.m. in Painesville on July 11, 2013.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

20th Century, Whoops, I Mean Lake Shore Limited

May 23, 2020

Penny always gets me up between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. On Friday morning I checked to see if Amtrak P42DC No. 145, a Phase III heritage unit, was on Train 48. Since it was I figured I would get it at 6:20 a.m. at the Painesville station. With this pandemic 48 is very consistent on being on time.

It reminds me of stories from adults from the past telling stories of the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited. Many said you could set your clocks to its passing their homes. Just about every morning I hear 48 at exactly 6:20 a.m.

Note that the eastbound Lake Shore Limited on this day had two Phase III heritage units in the motive power consist.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Amtrak H Units Power Lake Shore Limited

September 18, 2014



Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited came through Northeast Ohio with heritage units leading in both directions on Thursday morning.

Westbound No. 49 had P42 No. 822, wearing the Phase III livery, on the point. Eastbound No. 48 had No. 156, which has the Phase I livery, leading it.

Akron Railroad Club Treasurer Edward Ribinskas lives within seeing distance of the CSX line used by Amtrak. He was aware that both trains were late and had heritage locomotives.

Although No. 49 was running more than four hours late when it came through Lake County, Ed decided that the light wasn’t good enough yet to make a decent image.

No. 49 arrived in Cleveland at 7:41 a.m. and in Chicago 5.5 hours late at 3:16 p.m. Ed did get No. 48. It departed Cleveland at 7:19 a.m., which was 1.5 hours off schedule.

It came past Main Street in Perry at 7:55 a.m. where Ed was waiting. He reports that he wasn’t able to get to the south side of the tracks so he photographed it from the north side. Here are the results.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

My Luck Getting Amtrak H Unit 822 Has Changed

August 7, 2014


The eastbound Lake Shore Limited rushes through Painesville 4 hours and 13 minutes late.

The eastbound Lake Shore Limited rushes through Perry, Ohio, 4 hours and 13 minutes late.


Private car Caritas carried a livery similar to the Illinois Central passenger scheme.

Private car Caritas carried a livery similar to the Illinois Central passenger scheme.


Last Sunday the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was an hour and a half late but had No. 822 in the lead.

Last Sunday the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was an hour and a half late but had No. 822 in the lead.

The "interesting" motive power consist of the train that blocked my view of the Amtrak 822 back on Jan. 4.

The “interesting” motive power consist of the train that blocked my view of the Amtrak 822 back on Jan. 4.

Last winter on a Saturday morning in January there was a very late Amtrak No. 49 (Lake Shore Limited) that came through after a heavy eastern snowfall. I was set up at Fobes Street. in Painesville with perfect lighting. No. 49 had Phase III heritage unit No. 822 on the lead.

My result was getting blocked by an eastbound CSX train with interesting motive power but with No. 49 being viewed in between the freight cars of the eastbound.

Last Sunday No. 48 was running late and had the 822 on the lead. I went out to get it. My luck changed this time with No. 48 showing up 10 minutes before mass started in Painesville.

Then I got lucky again. On Wednesday it was a very late No. 48 with the 822 leading and with private car Caritas right behind the power painted in Iowa Pacific’s replication of the Illinois Central passenger livery.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Colorful Leader on the Capitol Limited

May 2, 2013



Early Thursday morning, Amtrak No. 30, the Capitol Limited, was led by P42 No. 156 the Phase I heritage unit. I drove up to Cleveland to try some nighttime shots. They’re not the greatest but not bad either. I couldn’t get a better angle that worked. I tried shooting from the East 9th Street bridge and I then went to Hudson to catch him again. But he had been by already. I settled for watching No. 29, the westbound Capitol,  head for Cleveland.

Articles and Photographs by Todd Dillon