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Tom6921 wrote:No, VIA doesn't have a shortage of F40s. In face, for awhile, they stored some of their F40s that were operational (i.e. not involved in accidents). They are going to be among the first to be rebuilt after #6402 which has recently begun to be rebuilt.There's a picture of the frozen Ocean with CN's 8817 pulling : http://naphotos.nerail.org/showpic/?200 ... 492220.jpg
The reason why VIA had to recently lease a freight engine for the Ocean was that the train froze up and VIA doesn't have extra power in Halifax. What often happens is that VIA would deadhead an extra F40 to Moncton where it would be uncoupled and wyed and wait for the Montreal bound Ocean to arrive.
In the fall, AMT leasted F40s 6401 and 6408 from VIA. Both are Spiderman 2 units. Both units have since been returned to VIA.
jp1822 wrote:Good to know, as this dispells a rumor I've been hearing about VIA locomotive power - i.e. that they have been short on such after considering the F40s and Genesis P42's. I think this rumor may have gotten started when VIA sold the units that matched the LRC cars a couple years back.http://www.myrailfan.com/tables/list_F40.aspx
Again, I've seen extra power at Vancouver, occasionally at Jasper, Winnipeg, but never at Halifax. Might be worth sending a spare unit to Halifax. Not sure what spare units are kept around the corridor other than at Montreal or Toronto etc.
Does anyone have a count on how many F40s and P42's VIA has. I thought VIA had around 15 P42's, but my number could be off, but I have no idea how many F40s VIA has. My last Canadian trip - we had to set out an F40 in the middle of no where! We operated with one F40 (with descent speeds etc. heading westbound), but then got an extra unit in Winnipeg. I figured they could have also sent up a unit from Vancouver on #2 and meet us for a trade off some where on the line!
snow402 wrote:VIA owns 20 P42 and 55 F40Just a minor adjustment... VIA's active locomotive roster includes 21 P42DCs and 54 F40PH-2s.
timberley wrote:Does anyone know:The Canada logos (and flag) are associated with the Government of Canada who oversees VIA Rail. They were removed because AMT, who leased the equipment, is related to the Province of Quebec in order to reflect this difference. Some people consider this a sign of Quebec nationalism (or even separatism) but, please, let's not go there. The VIA logo forms part of the locomotive's reporting marks which identify the owner and cannot be removed by law.
1. why the Canada paraphernalia was painted out? Why it, and not the VIA logos? The locomotives were only on temporary lease after all...