BEECH GROVE, Ind. — Amtrak has painted a P-42 locomotive in honor of Operation Lifesaver’s 50th anniversary. The locomotive is painted black and yellow with a large railroad crossing warning sign and the message “See Tracks? Think Train.” The locomotive was painted at the Beech Grove, Ind., shops recently and has been sent east. Officials say the locomotive will be seen on the point of Amtrak trains across the country.
“See Tracks? Think Train!” is one of several major campaigns the organization conducts to connect with the public to increase visibility and awareness around trains and railroad tracks. Over the past five decades, Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners have helped reduce railroad crossing incidents by 84 percent, from 12,000 in 1972, the year Operation Lifesaver started, to 1,900 in 2020, according to OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh.
“Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver have been partners for many years with the goal of educating the community on the importance of avoiding high-risk behavior on or near railroad crossings and tracks,” Amtrak President Stephen Gardner said. “We are proud to celebrate Operation Lifesaver in reaching a critical milestone. When you see this distinctive Amtrak locomotive travel through your community, you will be reminded of the importance of rail safety.”