Amtrak Commissions New Veterans Locomotive
On June 29th, Amtrak commissioned a brand new Siemens-built ACS-64 into service along the Northeast Corridor as a tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. This includes the active duty and retired veterans who have found a rewarding career at Amtrak, where military values of teamwork, leadership and integrity align well with work on the railroad (fact: Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman is a Vietnam veteran).
Assembled in Sacramento, painted in Beech Grove and tested at the Wilmington Maintenance Shops, this special locomotive features a specially-designed insignia honoring the different service branches and campaigns of the American military.
This ACS-64 veterans locomotive joins her sister P42 veterans locomotive as a visible symbol of Amtrak’s commitment to hiring veteran talent. Since June 2013, 21% of new hires have been veterans. In fact, 1 in 5 Amtrak employees is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of our commitment to hiring veterans, we’ve partnered with 45 Military Transition Program Offices, and attended over 50 military hiring events.
Stay tuned for profiles of some of our top military talent, and a behind-the-scenes video of the painting of the ACS-64 locomotive.