Locomotives - F40PH-2

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Locomotives P42DC - VIA Rail Canada

Locomotives F40PH-2

Built by:
General Motors Electro-Motive Division



Head end power (for on-board lighting, air conditioning, etc.):
500 kW

117,936 kg (260,000 lb)

Top speed:
145-153 km/h (90-95 mi/h). Unit numbers 6437 to 6458 cannot exceed 145 km/h.

Built between:
November 1987-April 1989

Number of units in fleet:

 Did you know?

  • Many of these locomotives have been repainted to commemorate special occasions, such as the 50th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada and the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. They have also been used to advertise products and contests for Telus, Kool-Aid, Loto-Québec, Budweiser, and Operation Lifesaver.
  • Thanks to new funding announced by the Government of Canada in October 2007, VIA launched a program to rebuild its fleet of 53 General Motors F-40 locomotives. This will extend the railway life of each car, as well as add more environmentally-friendly features like a separate HEP generator and improved emissions controls.


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