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Amtrak 50th Anniversary E8 coming from Rapido Trains

Amtrak 4316’s special livery is about six months old and looking well weathered in this November 1971 view at Chicago. — Kevin EuDaly collection

Amtrak 50th Anniversary E8 coming from Rapido Trains

When May 1, 1971 arrived and the fast runup to Amtrak’s launch was a reality, no equipment was dressed for the occasion. Not wanting to miss marketing recognition, Penn Central 4316 (later Amtrak 322) was provided with a one-of-a-kind livery.

ABOVE: Rapido Trains is sure to have a collectors item with its Amtrak 4316 release due in late 2021. The run is capped at 500 examples that will come with accurate livery and road-number specific details, as well as a wood presentation case.

The black scheme with Amtrak lettering and “pointless arrow” wrapping around the E8’s nose would not be repeated (outside of a similar scheme applied by TYCO for its F9A later in 1971, see image below).

Collectors will find this special Amtrak E8 offered among the first HO-scale E8A models from Rapido. The limited edition offering will come with an engraved wood case and additional materials marking Amtrak’s 50th anniversary.

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This article was posted on: December 28, 2020