Metro-North Railroad has rebranded a third locomotive with special colors and designs as part of the Heritage Series to highlight the railroad’s 40 years of public service, while the TTC partnered with the Toronto Raptors to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous athletes to Canadian sport at home and on the international stage.
MTA's Third Wrapped Locomotive from Heritage Series
Skilled craft workers at Metro-North’s North White Plains Shop applied a vinyl wrap to Metro-North’s locomotive No. 211, according to the agency's news release.
The wrap pays tribute to New York Central, the predecessor railroad that operated on the Hudson and Harlem lines. The train will make its debut run on the Hudson Line, Tuesday, Nov. 14, departing Croton-Harmon station at 7:31 a.m., and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 8:26 a.m.
“Every new wrapped locomotive seems to look better than the next, which just speaks to the talent of the Metro-North workforce,” said Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi. “Rail enthusiasts around the region are excited about the launch of this latest Heritage locomotive, and the first run will be on one of New York Central’s original routes, making for an even more scenic morning ride down the Hudson.”
The second rebranded locomotive paid tribute to Conrail, the railroad which is Metro-North's immediate predecessor. The train made its debut on the Hudson Line Monday, Aug. 14, departing the Croton-Harmon station at 7:31 a.m., and arriving at Grand Central Terminal at 8:26 a.m.
The design of the wrap mimics the paint scheme applied to older FL9 locomotives that Conrail operated for the MTA over the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines from 1976 to 1982. Metro-North’s locomotive No. 201 is one of 31 P32ACDM models the railroad uses to provide service on the northern Hudson and Harlem Lines and the New Haven Line’s Danbury and Waterbury Branches.
TTC, Raptors Celebrate Indigenous Athletes with Bus, Streetcar Wraps
Specially wrapped TTC buses and streetcars will feature current and former Indigenous athletes, according to TTC's news release.
The initiative is TTC's commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Action 87 which calls all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples and organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.
Eight TTC buses and five streetcars are the canvas for inspiring images, inviting riders and the public to witness eight athletes’ place in history, including:
- Tom Longboat – The first Indigenous person to win the Boston Marathon (1907)
- Kendra Jessie – Assistant Coach, U18, Alberta Women’s Hockey Team
- Michael Linklater – Retired number one FIBA 3x3 basketball player in Canada
- Emily Mandamin – The first person from Iskatewizaagegan to earn a full college basketball scholarship
- Joleen Mitton – Founder, All My Relations Basketball Team and Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week
- Joy Spearchief-Morris – Retired three-time Canadian National Championship finalist hurdler and sprinter
- Richard Peter – Three-time Paralympic champion (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, London 2012) in wheelchair basketball
- Mike Tanton – Co-founder of One Love Basketball and the Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League
The athletes are also featured on posters in TTC stations and onboard vehicles.
The campaign is running now until the end of February 2024.