VIA Rail Canada F40PH-2

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VIA Rail Canada 6400-6458 are GMDD F40PH-2D locomotives (often known as F40PH-2's). They were built in three batches, with most of the fleet still in active service.

The F40PH locomotives were purchased to allow for the retirement of much of VIA's run-down and antiquated locomotives that they received from CN and CPR. The fleet was meant to become the primary long-distance motive power for VIA, with the LRC's providing the bulk of the Corridor service. The second round of budget cuts in January 1990 meant that many of the troublesome LRC's could be put into storage, and the F40PH's would provide the majority of all service.

These units are amongst the last F40PH's built, and are some of the most advanced. While they are classified as -2's, they are closer in technology to 50-series units, with radar wheelslip systems. Much as most other F40PH's, the HEP alternator is gear-driven from the prime mover, meaning that it must run at a constant RPM regardless of the speed of the actual locomotive. The D at the end of the designation signifies the desktop control stand that the units are equipped with.

After initial purchase, many had to operate in service leading either a steam generator car, or existing VIA locos equipped with steam generators (FP9's, F9B's, FPA4's, FPB4's, etc) as VIA still had a significant fleet of steam-heated passenger cars the HEP-powered F40's could not heat. Modernization and rebuilding of the passenger car fleet with HEP in the 1990's helped eliminate this.

Some surplus units were leased to power-short Canadian Pacific in the 1990's to operate in freight service, often combined with other CP units or lease units on freights.

In the late 90's most of the units had a livery update, featuring large Canadian flags applied to the sides, a thicker blue stripe, and the words "Canada" added.

The clean air room air intake vents on the roof of the units changed to a different style over the years. Most were re-equipped by the early-mid 2000's, but unit 6414 carried its early style intakes until (at least) late 2007.

A few units were previously equipped with an extra high-output spot beam just below the main headlights. This was incorporated into the rebuild program, as were the extra emergency horns found on Operation Lifesaver unit 6411 before rebuild.

In the 2000's, most of the lower numbered units were assigned to the east out of Montreal, and most of the higher numbers to the west out of Vancouver for maintenance. A few higher numbered units were assigned Winnipeg as well.

The purchase of the GE P42DC locomotives in 2001 allowed VIA to rest the overworked F40PH fleet, and even allowed VIA to send one unit (6400) in for a major refurbishment and upgrading. It emerged in 2006, with a new prime mover, new traction motors and electricals, plug-in layover system, and a computerized control and diagnostic system. VIA announced that the rest of the fleet would be rebuilt in late 2007, but would feature a refurbished prime mover and a separate HEP genset in an effort to make the units more efficient and more reliable. It is expected that they will be able to provide another 15 years of reliable service once outshopped.

Early in 2009 CAD Railway Industries in Lachine, Quebec outshopped 6402. Resplendent in the new "Renaissance" scheme, it carried most of the improvements of 6400 as well as a new, separate HEP system enclosed in the extended rear carbody. CAD began the overhaul of eight locomotives at a time once the testing and debugging process was completed. The overhaul program was complete in 2012.

All units were delivered with the Nathan K3L 3-chime horn. During rebuild, these units received additional 5-chime K5CA-LS 'emergency' horns, mounted on two brackets above the cab, in compliance with new Transport Canada regulations. This type of horn plays the first three bells in 'soft' mode, while all five bells play in 'emergency' mode. In recent years, train crews have been using the 'soft' mode of the K5CA in lieu of the original K3L horns, due to the ineffectiveness of the original horns especially when the locomotive is travelling at full speed.

In July 2013, unit 6403 was renumbered 6459. This was done to avoid having 6403 "immortalized" on the new $10 polymer bills, which featured an image of The Canadian with 6403 leading, lest any accident or incident involve it.

A number of units were given special full body wraps and paint schemes over the years for promotional and advertising purposes (such units are noted in the wrap table, as well as in the roster). The length of time the wraps were applied varied depending on the promotion and contract details. The Spiderman 2 wrapped units lasted a lot longer than normal: apparently, when VIA tried removing the wraps on 2 of their 6 Spiderman 2 wrapped units it damaged the paint underneath, hence the wraps were left intact on the remaining 4 units until they were rebuilt years later. When Spiderman 3 came out in 2007, the remaining Spiderman 2 wrapped units were still in service!

Details

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial Status/Disposal Notes
6400 Via Rail Canada 6400-a.jpg 11/1986 A4597 RETIRED

Involved in derailment on February 25, 2010 in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse, QC and later retired.

  • Carried Diet Pepsi cola scheme briefly in 1990.
  • Rebuilt class GPA-30d with Renaissance scheme, no separate HEP (first unit rebuilt).
6401 VIA Rail Canada 6401-b.jpg 11/1986 A4598
  • Carried Spiderman 2 wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme (see: before photo).
6402 VIA Rail Canada 6402-a.jpg 1986-87 A4599
  • Rebuilt class GPA-30h with Renaissance scheme - see (after photo).
  • First unit to feature separate HEP engine and alternator.
  • Equipped with an extra high-output spot beam just below the main headlights.
  • Equipped with additional "emergency" horn.
6403 VIA Rail Canada 6403-a.jpg 1986-87 A4600 Renumbered to 6459 on July 23rd 2013.
  • Carried "CBC 50th anniversary" wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6404 VIA Rail Canada 6404-a.jpg 1986-87 A4601
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6405 VIA Rail Canada 6405-a.jpg 1986-87 A4602
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6406 VIA Rail Canada 6406-a.jpg 11/1986 A4603
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Carried Spiderman 2 scheme.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6407 VIA Rail Canada 6407-a.jpg 1986-87 A4604
6408 VIA Rail Canada 6408-a.jpg 1986-87 A4605
  • Carried Spiderman 2 scheme.
  • Carried Coors Light wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6409 VIA Rail Canada 6409-a.jpg 12/1986 A4606
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6410 VIA Rail Canada 6410-b.jpg 1986-87 A4607
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6411 VIA Rail Canada 6411-a.jpg 1986-87 A4608
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Carried modified scheme with Operation LifeSaver lettering and graphics.
  • Equipped with additional "emergency" horns.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6412 VIA Rail Canada 6412-a.jpg 1986-87 A4609
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6413 VIA Rail Canada 6413-a.jpg 1986-87 A4610
  • Carried Spiderman 2 scheme.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6414 VIA Rail Canada 6414-a.jpg 12/1986 A4612
  • Had experimental horn enclosure at front in the early 1990s.
  • Carried wrap for Loto Québec's "La Poule aux Oeufs d'Or".
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6415 VIA Rail Canada 6415-a.jpg 12/1986 A4613
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6416 VIA Rail Canada 6416-a.jpg 1986-1987 A4614
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6417 VIA Rail Canada 6417-c.jpg 1986-87 A4615
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6418 VIA Rail Canada 6418-a.jpg 1986-87 A4616
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6419 VIA Rail Canada 6419-b.jpeg 01/1987 A4617
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme (see: before rebuild).
  • Has a Graham-White electronic bell.
6420 VIA Rail Canada 6420-a.jpg 1987 A4695
  • Equipped with an extra high-output spot beam just below the main headlights.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6421 VIA Rail Canada 6421-a.jpg 1987 A4696
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6422 1987 A4697 RETIRED in January 2001.

Wrecked 9/11/1999, Acton, Ontario

6423 1987 A4698 RETIRED in July 1999

Wrecked 23/04/1999, Thamesville, Ontario

6424 VIA Rail Canada 6424-a.jpg 07/1987 A4699
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Carried Spiderman 2 wrap.
  • Carried Budweiser scheme.
6425 VIA Rail Canada 6425-a.jpg 07/1987 A4700
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6426 VIA Rail Canada 6426-b.jpg 1987 A4701
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6427 VIA Rail Canada 6427-a.jpg 07/1987 A4702
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6428 VIA Rail Canada 6428-a.jpg 08/1987 A4703
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6429 VIA Rail Canada 6429-a.jpg 08/1987 A4704
  • Carried "Home Hardware" wrap.
  • Carried "Telus / Olympics 2010" wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6430 1989 A4631 RETIRED in January 2001

Wrecked 23/11/1999, Bowmanville, Ontario

6431 VIA Rail Canada 6431-a.jpg 1989 A4632
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6432 Via Rail Canada 6432-a.jpg 04/1989 A4633
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6433 VIA Rail Canada 6433-a.jpg 04/1989 A4634
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6434 04/1989 A4835
  • Carried Spiderman 2 scheme.
  • Equipped with an extra high-output spot beam just below the main headlights.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6435 VIA Rail Canada 6435-a.jpg 1989 A4836
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6436 VIA Rail Canada 6436-a.jpg 1989 A4837
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6437 VIA Rail Canada 6437-b.jpg 04/1989 A4838
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6438 VIA Rail Canada 6438-a.jpg 1989 A4839
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6439 VIA Rail Canada 6439-a.jpg 1989 A4840
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6440 VIA Rail Canada 6440-a.jpg 1989 A4841
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6441 VIA Rail Canada 6441-a.jpg 1989 A4842
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6442 VIA Rail Canada 6442-a.jpg 1989 A4843
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6443 VIA Rail Canada 6443-a.jpg 1989 A4844
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6444 VIA Rail Canada 6444-a.jpg 1989 A4845 RETIRED

Severely damaged in derailment 26/02/2012, Burlington Ontario

  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6445 1989 A4846
  • Carried Coors Light wrap (2011).
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
  • Carried Canadian Football League wrap for Grey Cup train (2012).
6446 VIA Rail Canada 6446-a.jpg 1989 A4847
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6447 1989 A4848 RETIRED in November 1998

Wrecked 03/09/1997, Biggar Saskatchewan

6448 VIA Rail Canada 6448-a.jpg 05/1989 A4849
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6449 VIA Rail Canada 6449-a.JPG 1989 A4850
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6450 1989 A4851 RETIRED in January 2001

Wrecked 01/01/2000, Miramichi, New Brunswick

6451 VIA Rail Canada 6451-b.jpg 1989 A4852
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6452 1989 A4853
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6453 VIA Rail Canada 6453-a.JPG 1989 A4854
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6454 VIA Rail Canada 6454-a.jpg 1989 A4855
  • Carried Kool-Aid wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6455 1989 A4856
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6456 VIA Rail Canada 6456-a.JPG 1989 A4857
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6457 1989 A4858
  • Involved in a derailment on February 25, 2010.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6458 1989 A4859
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.
6459 VIA Rail Canada 6403-a.jpg 1986-87 A4600
  • Formerly numbered 6403.
  • Carried "CBC 50th anniversary" wrap.
  • Rebuilt in Renaissance scheme.

Wraps

Below is a summary table of VIA F40PH-2 wraps, listing the wrap livery, units wrapped, timeframe and other important notes. Some units were briefly wrapped for a promotional tour or train and never saw regular revenue service, others wore their wraps for years or until rebuilt by CAD Rail.

Wrap/Livery Units Years Notes
Diet Pepsi 6400 1990 (brief)
  • Part of Diet Pepsi promotion across Canada.
  • Used on special train with Pepsi-painted steam generator car.
  • Livery removed after (did not wear in regular service).
CBC 50 Years 6403 2002-2010
  • Red/Maroon wrap livery for CBC's 50th Anniversary.
  • Lasted until rebuilt.
Operation Lifesaver 6411 2003-rebuild
  • Modified normal scheme with Operation Lifesaver graphics and lettering.
  • Lasted until rebuilt.
Home Hardware 6429 1997-2000?
  • Yellow livery for cross Canada trip contest.
Telus 6429 2006-2011
  • Green wrap livery with Telus and flower, which was later replaced with Vancouver Olympic 2010 bid lettering.
  • Lasted until rebuilt.
Kool-Aid 6404, 6405, 6406, 6411, 6424, 6432, 6433, 6439, 6453, 6454 2000 (brief)
  • Multi-coloured Kool-Aid wrap imagery on sides with lettering.
  • 10 units done.
Spiderman 2 6401, 6406, 6408, 6413, 6424, 6434 2004-various
  • Large Spiderman graphics on side.
  • 6 units done.
  • Wrap removed early on 6413 & 6424, other units left with wrap on until rebuilt.
Budweiser 6424 2005-2006
  • Red wrap
  • Wrapped for Budweiser Super Bowl Tailgate Train, promoting Superbowl XL in Detroit, MI.
Coors Light 6408, 6445 2011
  • White/silver/black
  • Wrapped for Coors Light.
  • Wrap differed slightly on each unit.
  • Lasted until rebuilt.
Canadian Football League 6445 2012 (brief)
  • Red and grey wrap with CFL graphics.
  • Wrapped for cross Canada Grey Cup tour train in 2012.
  • First rebuilt unit wrapped.

References

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