Phase IV Heritage 184 in the lead on this morning’s Crescent #20
Phase IV Heritage 184
Status of the Crescent
- Two P42 Genesis engines
- Two coaches
- Cafe car
- One sleeper
The Crescent (Northbound #20) now runs three coaches and two sleepers. The diner car is gone for the foreseeable future, possibly permanently. The railroad set up remote ordering for food, via a phone app. Riders order from their seat/roomette/bedroom. When food is ready, the app notifies the rider. They return to their seat to eat.
The train still hauls the occasional deadhead car (extra bag-dorms lately), and occasionally a third engine.
In 2011, Amtrak painted several P42DC engines in earlier liveries. These “Heritage” units still bear those colors. I can’t remember when AMTK 184 pulled the Crescent. Usually, the special-livery engines we see out of NOL are 130 (Phase II), and the 42, in the “Veterans” livery.