Beachball On The Move! In order to set up its first revenue run the next day, on Monday, May 22, 2023, MNCW 208 (P32AC-DM) was brought out to be turned with a “maxi-bomb” (7 coach) consist to face in the southbound direction. A week prior, it was released from railroad’s North White Plains shop in a commemorative “beachball” paint scheme heritage wrap in honor of its 40th anniversary. This paint scheme was used on the FL9s as well as still being present on some west of Hudson equipment. MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi announced that there would be 5 wraps honoring predecessor railroads, to include New York Central, Penn Central, and Conrail. The train is seen in Marble Hill, New York passing through the rock cut towards Spuyten Duyvil with the Henry Hudson Bridge in the background.
MTA Press Release: https://new.mta.info/press-release/metro-north-railroad-continues-break-pandemic-era-ridership-records-railroad-rebrands