GO Transit 520-568

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GO Transit F59PH 536, your typical GO Transit F59PH.

GO Transit 500-568 are GMDD F59PHs. They were built in four batches starting in 1988, and other than the four sold to TRE in Texas, all remained on the roster until the beginning of 2009, when the units in the first order began to be retired and sold. They were the mainstay of GO Transit's locomotive fleet in the 1990's and into the mid 2000's.

Their purchase in 1988 marked a return to having a single unit having a separate HEP engine and generator, as opposed to the shaft-driven HEP system of the F40PH. As well, they were GO's first units equipped with computerized systems, and thus allowed for a substantial increase in performance and reliability.

Due to service cuts, GO Transit retired and sold off a number of surplus locomotives and cars in the mid-90's. F59PH's 565-564 were sold to Trinity Railway Express along with a number of early bilevels in 1997, the logic being GO would receive a higher return by selling off newer locomotives.

Despite having been rebuilt twice (and receiving upgraded HEP engines and generators), the units were becoming troublesome, with frequent failures necessitating a second unit being added to all weekend trains. The first order of units (520-535) were retired and sold off by April 2009, once all of the first order of MPI MP40PH-3Cs (600-626) were in service. The second F59 order and the majority of units in the third were retired when MP40 units 627-656 were delivered.

Gradually over 2010, a number of remaining units received electronic bells (e-bells) in place of their mechanical ones. Not all units received them however (an example being 564 which retained its mechanical bell).

Plans to rebuild some of the existing units again were put through in 2010. By early 2011, 558 and 559 returned to service after an overhaul and repaint; all units from 557 to 564 were eventually rebuilt for continued service, with the remaining units scattered below 557 retired and sold.

All GO F59PH's retired have been sold off, and many enjoy second careers under AMT, NC-Dot, TRE, and leased to AMT and VIA from RB Leasing, with some rebuilt and others just renumbered/re-lettered.

Orders

Fleet
numbers
Build
date
Serial
numbers
Class
520-535 1988 A4745-A4760 GCE-430g
536-547 1989/1990 A4875-A4886 GCE-430h*
548-561 1990 A4914-A4927 GCE-430k*
562-568 1994 926354-1-926354-7 GCE-430m

*546 and 547 were incorrectly lettered GCE-430k

*552 and 558 were incorrectly lettered GCE-430h; 558 now correctly lettered when repainted/rebuilt

Details

Fleet
number
Thumbnail Build
Date
Serial
number
Status/Disposal Notes
520 1988 A4745
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18520.
  • Was used in VIA Rail service in northern Quebec.
  • Leased to Metrolink starting in July 2013.
First unit built.
521 1988 A4746
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18521.
  • Leased to VIA Rail for northern Quebec service.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished as NPCU in 2019, renumbered to RNCX 105.
522 1988 A4747
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18522.
  • Was used in VIA Rail for northern Quebec service.
  • Leased to Metrolink starting in August 2013.
Was turned to face west to be used as a shop switcher.
523 GO Transit 523-a.jpg 1988 A4748
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing, renumbered RBRX 18523.
  • Leased to AMT.
524 1988 A4749
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18524.
  • Leased to AMT.
525 1988 A4750
Retired

526 GO Transit 526-a.jpg 1988 A4751
Retired

  • Sold to Railworld/MMA (under CDAC reporting marks) after retirement.
  • Rebuilt as SLC 526, and repainted for AMT.
  • Leased to AMT beginning summer 2010.
527 GO Transit 527-a.jpg 1988 A4752
Retired

Briefly received new horizontal GO logos found on GO bus livery, only unit done.
528 GO Transit 528-a.jpg 1988 A4753
Retired

529 1988 A4754
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement.
  • Resold to NCDOT in 2010, refurbished by NS shops in 2017, and renumbered to RNCX 1810.
  • Was turned to face west to be used as a shop switcher.
  • Retained original numberboards when rebuilt.
530 1988 A4755
Retired

  • Sold to Railworld/MMA (under CDAC reporting marks); rebuilt as SLC 530.
  • Leased to AMT beginning summer 2010.
531 1988 A4756
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18531.
  • Leased to AMT.
532 GO Transit 532-a.jpg 1988 A4757
Retired

  • Sold to Railworld/MMA (under CDAC reporting marks); rebuilt as SLC 532.
  • Leased to AMT beginning summer 2010.
Was turned to face west to be used as a shop switcher.
533 1988 A4758
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18533.
  • Repainted in Michigan DOT scheme for leasing to a commuter operation serving Detroit that never got off the ground.
  • Was leased to AMT in Michigan DOT scheme.
  • Leased to Metrolink starting in July 2013 (in Michigan DOT scheme).
At some point in its GO career, received later style HEP grille area.
534 1988 A4759
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement
  • Resold to NCDOT in 2010, refurbished by NS shops in 2017, and renumbered to RNCX 1859.
535 GO Transit 535-a.jpg 1988 A4760
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18535.
  • Resold to NCDOT in 2010, refurbished by NS shops in 2017, and renumbered to RNCX 1869.
536 GO Transit 536-a.jpg 1989 A4875
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18536.
  • Involved in March 30th, 2010 derailment while being transported to Lachine, QC at Durham Junction in Pickering, ON.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished as NPCU in 2019, renumbered to RNCX 101.
537 GO Transit 537-a.jpg 1989 A4876
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18537.
  • Involved in March 30th, 2010 CN derailment while being transported to Lachine, QC at Durham Junction in Pickering, ON.
  • Scrapped at CAD Railway Industries (Lachine, QC) for parts around March 2013.
538 GO Transit 538-a.jpg 1989 A4877
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18538.
  • Scrapped at CAD Railway Industries (Lachine, QC) for parts around March 2013.
539 GO Transit 539-a.jpg 1990 A4878
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18539.
  • Involved in March 30th, 2010 CN derailment while being transported to Lachine, QC at Durham Junction in Pickering, ON.
540 1990 A4879
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18540.
  • Involved in March 30th, 2010 CN derailment while being transported to Lachine, QC at Durham Junction in Pickering, ON.
  • Resold to NCDOT in 2010, refurbished by NS shops in 2017, and renumbered to RNCX 1893.
541 1990 A4880
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18541.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished as NPCU in 2019, renumbered to RNCX 102.
542 GO Transit 542-a.jpg February 1990 A4881
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18542.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished as NPCU in 2019, renumbered to RNCX 103.
543 1990 A4882
Retired
2011

544 GO Transit 544-a.jpg February 1990 A4883
Retired
2011

545 1990 A4884
Retired
2011

546 GO Transit 546-a.jpg 1990 A4885
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18546.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished as NPCU in 2019, renumbered to RNCX 104.
547 1990 A4886
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18547.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished by NS shops in 2017, and renumbered to RNCX 1871.
548 GO Transit 548-a.jpg 1990 A4914
Retired
2011

549 GO Transit 549-a.jpg 1990 A4915
Retired
2011

550 GO Transit 550-a.jpg 1990 A4916
Retired
2011

551 1990 A4917
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18551.
  • Resold to NCDOT in late 2013, refurbished by NS shops in 2017, and renumbered to RNCX 1984.
552 GO Transit 552-a.jpg 1990 A4918
Retired
2011

553 GO Transit 553-a.jpg 1990 A4919
Retired
2011

554 GO Transit 554-a.jpg 1990 A4920
Retired

  • Sold to RB Leasing after retirement, renumbered RBRX 18554.
  • Scrapped at CAD Railway Industries (Lachine, QC) for parts around March 2013.
555 GO Transit 555-a.jpg 1990 A4921
Retired
2011

556 GO Transit 556-a.jpg 1990 A4922
Retired
2011

557 GO Transit 557-c.jpg 1990 A4923 Active Rebuilt/refurbished during late September 2011 for continued service.
558 GO Transit 558-a.jpg 1990 A4924 Active Rebuilt/refurbished during January 2011 for continued service.
559 GO Transit 559-a.jpg 1990 A4925 Active Rebuilt/refurbished during January 2011 for continued service, first unit released.
560 GO Transit 560-a.jpg 1990 A4926 Active Rebuilt/refurbished sometime before late September 2011 for continued service.
561 GO Transit 561-a.jpg 1990 A4927 Active Rebuilt/refurbished during January 2011 for continued service.
562 GO Transit 562-a.jpg 1994 926354-1 Active Rebuilt/refurbished during January 2011 for continued service.
563 GO Transit 563-a.jpg 1994 926354-2 Active Rebuilt/refurbished during late September 2011 for continued service.
564 GO Transit 564-a.jpg 1994 926354-3 Active
  • Was leased to AMT as part of 8-car train Oct-Nov 2006 to deal with increased ridership after De la Concorde overpass collapse.
  • Rebuilt/refurbished by July 2011 for continued service.
565 1994 926354-4
Retired

  • Sold to TRE as TRWX 565 in July 1997.
566 1994 926354-5
Retired

  • Sold to TRE as TRWX 566 in July 1997.
567 1994 926354-6
Retired

  • Sold to TRE as TRWX 567 in July 1997.
568 1994 926354-7
Retired

  • Sold to TRE as TRWX 568 in July 1997.


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