Amtrak unveils new locomotive for veterans

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By  Karl Baker

Sen. Tom Carper addressed a crowd of about 200 Amtrak workers donning hard-hats at a ceremony Monday to unveil an Old Glory-colored locomotive with the words, “Amtrak’s railroad salutes our veterans.”

At Amtrak’s maintenance facility in Wilmington, Delaware’s senior senator led the crowd in a chant to support the roughly 50 workers in attendance who are also military veterans.

“I just want us to say, ‘Welcome home, welcome home.’ One more time, ‘Welcome home,’ ” Carper said.

The unveiling of the Siemens-built electric locomotive, which will operate in the Northeast Corridor, is the latest hire vetseffort in Amtrak’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to aid military veterans. In addition to the commemorative train, Amtrak is attempting to fill its ranks of new engineers, mechanics and maintenance workers with ex-soldiers.

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