electricron wrote:Your link reads 5 more LRC locomotives are up for sale still. How many LRC locomotives did Via have?
First, VIA had a total of 31 LRC locomotives at one point, in two series: The LRC-2, #6900-6920, and the LRC-3, #6921-6930.
By 2001, when VIA replaced the last of them with P42s, there were (if I'm correct), only 7 locomotives still in service. #6907 was the last LRC to haul a train in revenue service, on December 12, 2001.
Many of the locomotives sat in storage for some time afterwards, but most have now been scrapped. The ones VIA lists as for sale were listed in 2003, and they haven't changed the listing yet. I would assume that that means they're still there, but I can't guarantee it. 6921 is of course preserved at Exporail in Montreal, so I know for sure that that one is still around.
electricron wrote:Could VIA refurbish them into cab cars like Amtrak does to older locomotives? Does VIA need more cab cars?
I should point out that, when it comes to cab cars, VIA does not have any cab cars of any sort. All of their trains are run with head-end power and control. I have heard of no indications that VIA would start such a practice. Evidently, they're doing well enough as it is, with turning locomotives. It would be nice to see some LRCs revived in such practice, but it is highly unlikely.
It is doubtful that any new owners will ever come forward for remaining LRCs, as they would be a major make-work project for whoever got them. And honestly, who, besides a major passenger network, would need such a locomotive? Amtrak already tried them out in the '70s, and didn't like them, and VIA has had their run with them. It's sad, but true....the LRC (locomotives anyways) are dead.