The boxy lines of Amtrak's F40PH took some getting used to in the 1970s as they replaced the aging fleet of EMD E units inherited from older railroads. The locomotives' reliability quickly made believers out of many however whether they were riding the trains, standing trackside or checking the books.
A locomotive we never thought we'd miss...the F40PH.
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From transcontinental rosters on Amtrak and VIA Rail in Canada to local commuter runs all over the continent, the F40PH became the look of North American passenger trains from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The locomotives have largely faded into the past today, although a few modified versions continue to serve as cab cars or modified for freight service. Some have rightfully made their way into museums for preservation. It is a retirement hard-fought and well-earned.
These locomotives have been reproduced in almost every scale. No North American model railroad set in this era should be without at least one! Learn more and see a list of known models in this latest locomotive profile. Do you have any favorite memories of the F40's you'd like to share?