AND BACKGROUND INFO:
The EMD F59PHI is a high speed locomotive produced by
Electro-Motive Division (EMD) from 1994 to 2001. It features
an isolated cab, lightweight body, and a streamlined shape,
features that were absent on the original commuter F59PH.
built for the California Department of Transportation(CDoT),
the F59PHI has seen service in all four
corners of America, (Mostly seen in California) as well
as in the Pacific Northwest/Montreal area in Canada.
1990, the State of California passed a bill that would
result in massive funding for the state transportation
systems. It also resulted in a separate, state funded
system of regional Amtrak routes.
wanted a locomotive that was both reliable and attractive.
They approached EMD, who responded with the
lightweight, high-speed F59PHI locomotive.
after, more orders arrived. Amtrak ordered 21 of these
locomotives for their Pacific Sufliner service (separate
from Amtrak California), and the North Carolina Department
of Transportation also selected it as their primary motive
power. West Coast Express (operated by TransLink) in Metro
Vancouver, also selected it for starting up its service.
Agence de Metropolitaine de Transport bought 11 of these
locomoties to go with their Bombardier Bi-Level coaches,
which were just arriving.
F59PHI was produced until 2001. It was taken off of EMDs
lineup because it wasnt able to meet the EPA Tier
of Amtrak Californias F59PHIs have been rebuilt
by EMD, these are ECO repowers.
Transits 2015 budget outlines plans to overhaul
seven F59s and four of those will be overhauled
to Tier 3 standards