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The End of an Era: Amtrak Hosting Special Trip to Honor Retiring Locomotives

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | May 03, 2016

The End of an Era: Amtrak Hosting Special Trip to Honor Retiring Locomotives

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On Monday, Amtrak announced that the rail company’s AEM-7 electric locomotives will soon be replaced by the new and improved next-generation ACS-64 locomotives.

According to Amtrak’s official website, the AEM-7 locomotives have been a staple of the routes running between Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Harrisburg for 37 years, covering an astounding 220 million miles along the way.

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The Northeast Corridor has become key in the rail infrastructure in the United States, and the AEM-7 locomotives have helped catapult Amtrak into the discussion as one of the top forms of transportation in the region.

To salute the AEM-7 locomotives and their service to the company, Amtrak will be hosting a special excursion trip available to the public on Saturday, June 18. The excursion train, led by the AEM-7 locomotive will depart from Washington Union Station en route to Philadelphia.

Once in Philadelphia, the train will reverse direction and travel to Delaware to visit and tour Wilmington Shops, the maintenance home of the AEM-7 locomotive. Following the journey, the excursion train will return to Washington.

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Prices for the limited tickets for the excursion train ride led by the AEM-7 locomotive are $155 for adults, and half price for children ages 2-12 with each adult ticket. To purchase tickets or find out more about the AEM-7 locomotive, check out Amtrak’s official website.

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