You sure Tristan? I'm pretty sure I remember hearing that the "new phase-IV" units had the new Amtrak "wave" logo, and that also uses a different typeface than the older Amtrak text in that photo, but I could be wrong...Tristan said:Look what I saw last Friday! Car 21465 I *think* -- first one of them to come flippin through Alexandria this year I bet!
I think it's important for Amtrak to try to pick one and stick with it. Sure, we rail fans like seeing different phases, but it makes good business sense to use the same logo and colors since it helps people who may not know a lot about Amtrak recognize them more easily. After all, when was the last time you saw a business that used a number of different logos for itself? Not too common... for a reason.JongSuk said:Things would be kind of boring if everything wore the same phase.
I agree, for specific trains it's fine to have different paint schemes. I'd like to see a return of Phase IV, and I bet Gunn will have this happen. P42's and HHP-8's look OK in phase 5, but they don't match the Amfleets, so I think they should go back to 4 (nothing better than a nicely coordinated train!). Phase 5 is good on an Acela because they didn't attempt to force a new scheme onto old equipment; the scheme matches the equipment design. Though I think if there are ever future Acela paint designs being reconsidered, I think more use of red and blue, like in phase 4, would be good. It is an American railroad, after all — the colors could suggest America, just like the name Amtrak does.Amfleet said:I don't mind different paint schemes on trains like "Surfliners", "Cascades", and "Acela Express".