Throughout this week, I'll be featuring new locomotive profiles on some of the more modern passenger locomotives on the rails today. Although they may not have the classic beauty of an ALCO PA or an EMD E or F locomotive, these impressive machines still haul passengers across the country and commuters to and from work.
A former GO Transit F59PH pulls commuters past Dallas' Dealey Plaza.
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Our first locomotive is the F59PH. This engine came to the scene following the success of EMD's F40PH model. That locomotive became a North American standard in the 1980s. It is not uncommon for the locomotives which follow such a big hit to see smaller sales numbers, and the F59PH was no exception, with only 83 made. These new locomotves went to commuter railroads in Toronto and San Diego. Since then, several have been sold to operations in other cities.
With looks similar to the F40PH, the F59PH incorporated the new safety cab which was also being applied to the SD60M locomotives. If you didn't like the look of the F40PH, you probably would not have thought the F59 was a step in the right direction. But the model did pave the way for the subsequent F59PHI which features a much more streamlined design. That will be the subject of our next profile!
Although the F59PH has not been popular with model manufacturers yet either, it is an important step in the evolution of the modern passenger diesel. Learn more about it in this new locomotive profile.