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Rainbow over Baltimore Penn Station, 2014.

Color digital image showing Baltimore Penn Station under cloudy, dramatic skies - through which breaks a rainbow.

Rainbow over Baltimore Penn Station, 2014.

In this image, a southbound Northeast Regional train pulled by Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotive No. 601 stops at historic Baltimore Penn Station, over which a rainbow appears through stormy skies. Completed in 1911, and dressed in the triumphant garb of Beaux-Arts classicism favored during the American Renaissance, the $1 million structure emphasized Baltimore’s importance as a dominant rail hub and major East Coast metropolis.

Designed by Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison, the station's facade features a large clock face embellished with gilded Roman numerals and encircled by egg and dart molding born by a pair of human figures. The waiting room is bathed in soft, diffused light that filters through three shallow glass domes, and the walls are faced with white and pink marble.

ACS-64 No. 601 was one of the first of this type of electric locomotive to enter revenue service in February 2014. Designed by Siemens, the dual-cab ACS-64 has a peak 8600 horsepower and can run at speeds up to 125 mph. A regenerative braking system can feed up to 100 percent of the energy generated during braking back to the power grid.

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.