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Amtrak E8 locomotive #284, mid-1970s.

Color photograph of Amtrak E8 locomotive #284 in a rural setting. Image probably dates to the mid-1970s.

Amtrak E8 locomotive #284, mid-1970s.

When Amtrak took over the nation's intercity passenger rail service in 1971, it inherited locomotives and rolling stock obtained from the predecessor railroads that had given up their passenger service obligations. The streamlined E8s were originally manufactured by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division between 1949 and 1954. In this photo, the E8 wears Amtrak Phase II livery and pulls new Amfleet stainless steel single-level equipment that first went into service in 1975.