Destination: Freedom reports that Caterpillar's Electro-Motive Division plans to return to the passenger diesel locomotive business.
“We are delighted to be working with Metrolink, a visionary agency, and now a leader in the pursuit of new, cleaner-operating passenger locomotives,” said Billy Ainsworth, President and CEO of Progress Rail Services and Electro-Motive Diesel. “EMD is pleased to provide Metrolink with the first passenger locomotives designed to meet Tier 4 emissions standards, marking EMD’s re-entry into the passenger rail business. We are proud to say we are back, and excited to be on the forefront of passenger rail technology From EMD’s first record-setting Zephyr, topping 112 mph in 1934, to our latest F125 Spirit capable of speeds up to 125 mph, we will rely on the combined strengths of Caterpillar’s Rail Division including EMD and Progress Rail to mark a new era of progress in the passenger rail market.”
Those early trains looked like the Flying Yankee.

Portland, Maine, in 1937.

That radiator grille above the windows became the stylized striping Burlington painted on each side of the headlight, and the black stripes below the headlight a suggestion of the windows themselves.

Galesburg, Illinois, 22 September 2012.

Caterpillar's design concept offers more than a nod to its classic predecessors.

Let's hope that when the prototype hits the rails, someone will modify that stripe so that it curves and tapers to a point above the coupler.

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