Amtrak Unveils Operation Lifesaver Locomotive

Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver and the Federal Railroad Administration held a ceremony today at Washington’s Union Station to unveil the new Operation Lifesaver 50th Anniversary locomotive. Amtrak P42 #203 was selected for this honor and was designed by Blair Slaughter and his team at Amtrak. The locomotive was painted in the Beech Grove Shops and will appear on various Amtrak trains this year as an important road safety billboard. (Jeff Schultz)

WASHINGTON – Amtrak today unveiled a specially painted P42DC to mark the 50and Anniversary of Operation Lifesaver. P4DC #203, repainted with the message “See Tracks? Think Train!” was put into service today in a ceremony at Union Station in Washington. The black and yellow locomotive commemorates the 50th anniversary of Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit organization dedicated to education and national rail safety awareness.

Operation Lifesaver was founded in 1972 with the goal of reducing railroad-related collisions, fatalities and injuries across the United States, using the “3 Es” – education, engineering and enforcement. “Do you see any tracks? Think Train!’ is one of many major campaigns the organization is leading to c

Man on podium in front of yellow and black locomotive parked on station platform
Amtrak President Stephen Gardner addresses the crowd today at the unveiling of Amtrak’s new Operation Lifesaver 50th Anniversary locomotive. The locomotive was painted in the Beech Grove shops and will run on various Amtrak trains across the country. (Michael S. Murray)

onnect with the public to increase visibility and awareness around the railways.

Operation Lifesaver has programs in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Trained volunteers provide free safety presentations to law enforcement, first responders, school-aged children, school bus drivers, truck drivers , learner drivers and others.

“Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver have been partners for many years in an effort to educate the community about the importance of avoiding high-risk behavior on or near railroad crossings and railroad tracks,” said the chairman of ‘Amtrak, Stephen Gardner, in a press release. “We are proud to celebrate Operation Lifesaver which has reached a crucial milestone. “

“Over the past five decades, Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners have helped reduce level crossing incidents by 84%, from 12,000 in 1972, the year Operation Lifesaver began, to 1,900 in 2020. But there is still work to be done. Every 3 hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train,” says Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of OLI.

Amtrak 203, built in October 2001 by General Electric, was repainted as part of the Operation Lifesaver rail safety program at Amtrak’s shop in Beech Grove, Ind. The locomotive will remain in revenue service throughout Amtrak’s nationwide network.

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