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Machinist at Beech Grove, 2010s.

Color digital image showing a machinist at work in the Beech Grove heavy maintenance facility southeast of Indianapolis; dates to the early 2010s.

Machinist at Beech Grove, 2010s.

In this image, a machinist attaches a lift strap to a General Electric locomotive block.

On April 1, 1975, Amtrak purchased the Beech Grove shops from the Penn Central Transportation Company. The need for a major repair facility that could accommodate all types of existing equipment—and the Amfleet and Superliner cars on order—was acute, and Amtrak immediately embarked on a five year, $22 million modernization plan.

Beech Grove continues to serve as the company’s principal heavy maintenance facility. As of 2014, approximately 500 employees rebuild and overhaul Superliner, Viewliner, Surfliner, Heritage and Horizon car fleets. P32, P42 and F59 locomotives also are overhauled and rebuilt for use across the Amtrak system, as is other equipment for state partners and other passenger railroads.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.