Older VIA Diesels of Canada
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On a bitterly cold day just before Christmas, VIA's
"Ocean" from Moncton crosses the Lachine Canal 
as it approaches Central Station in Montreal.
Although a heavy train, swollen with holiday travelers,
No. 15 is on time...arriving just after a similarly sized "Atlantic" from Halifax. Soon, Wellington Tower will be setting switches and lining signals for a THIRD train from the east..."the Chaleur", a seasonal extra that only runs 
from Gaspe at Christmas and New Year's. 
Those not staying in the Montreal area will be able to 
make connections for trains to Ottawa, Toronto and
other points in Ontario or make the long trip to 
Vancouver on "the Canadian".
So much has changed in the 29 years since this photo 
was taken
This picture was submitted by John Eull Dec 24 2013
VIA 3 (Super Continental ) just west of the station site
(highway overpass in background) of Rainbow BC.

This picture was taken by Phil Mason and submitted 
by Jean Guy Hamel, Quebec, Canada

This picture was taken by  Phil Mason and submitted by Jean Guy Hamel,
Quebec, Canada
Leading the "Canadian" VIA 6408 has just left
Lake Louise and is now at the Great Divide on the Alberta-BC border, late 1980s. 
In about 10 minutes, the train will pass through the upper portal of the Lower Spiral Tunnel,  westbound  to 
Vancouver.

This portion of the line saw the first Canadian Pacific
Railway train,   back to 1883.
Above the hill to the left is the Trans-Canada Highway. 
Sink Lake is to the right.
The Trans-Canada Highway we know today didn't exist
there before the early 60s and trains were the only way through. 
 Passenger service on the line was abandoned in 
January 1990 and VIA trains now travel through Jasper.
In heavy use day and night, the tracks continue to be
used by CP freight and other special runs. 

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA 6436 and VIA 6454 on July 16th, 2010, from the
Young Avenue overpass in Halifax,  just leaving as  #15
(The Ocean) Previously known as the "Ocean Limited",
is is the oldest continuous “named” passenger train 
running in North America, starting in 1904 with the 
Intercolonial Railway of Canada (IRC), which became the
Canadian National. VIA took over train operation in 1978
on the overnight trip to Montreal, which takes 21 hours in
either direction, the counterpart being #14. The train runs
3 times per week (down to the former 6 times a week) and
covers 1,346 km (836 mi). Its main consist is most always 
composed of "Renaissance" cars, with a "PARK- named
dome at the tail end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_(train)

(At the beginning of 2014, there was talk of either
modifying or abandoning the service) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/end-of
-the-line-for-daily-via-rail-service-in-maritimes-1.1146257

Photo: Massey F. Jones 

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Freshly outshopped, VIA 6436 and VIA 6454 lead the 
VIA Rail #15 (The Ocean) out of Halifax.

The FPH-2 locomotives were manufactured in 1989, 
by General Motors Electromotive Division, in London. Ontario. Serial # A4837 became VIA 6436 and 
Serial # 4855 became VIA 6454.

After toiling on "The Canadian" and other trains,
both were rebuilt as FPH-3; VIA 6436 in January 
2010 and VIA 6454 in March 2010. Along with 
repainting and the addition of a third headlight;
the rebuild made them "green", as boldly painted 
on the side of each loco.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones


 


 This notice was posted inside the Calgary VIA station prior to abandonment in January 1990 as well as all the VIA stations west of Winnipeg. 
 This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A small crowd gathered at the 11 St x 9 Ave crossing downtown Calgary (Mile 1.1 CP Laggan Sub), to witness the departure of the very last westbound VIA train to 
Vancouver after supper, January 16th, 1990. The Calgary VIA Station was thereafter forever closed (see my station page http://yourrailwaypictures.com/TrainStations\
/indexCentral.html )

Passenger service between the two cities was started by the Canadian Pacific Railway 
in 1883, as a way of bringing visitors to their luxury hotels in Banff and Lake Louise. Before 1950 and construction of the Trans-Canada Highway, the CPR was the main
way of travel to Vancouver through the Southern Rockies. In 1978, VIA Rail took
over all transcontinental passenger service and now operates out of Edmonton,
(2 hours north of Calgary) thorough Jasper on CN track.

F40PH-2 locomotive VIA 6453 was built by the General 
Motors Diesel Division of London, Ontario (EMD) in May 1989 (Ser# A4854) and is 
seen here with two headlights. It acquired a third one early in the 2000s,  to match the
rest 
of the fleet.  VIA 6453 was one of the last F40PH-2 locomotives to be rebuilt in
November 2012 by Cad Railway Industries http://www.cadrail.ca/; emerging as 
an F40PH-3 with the current VIA "Renaissance" scheme. Sharp eyes will notice change
of horn and a new bulge in the back to accommodate a small generator used as 
Head End Power (HEP) to provide extra electricity to the coaches.

View the loco with its third headlight at http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=384382
&nseq=11 and in the "Renaissance" scheme, at http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=484646
&nseq=0


 
VIA 6307 CP Laggan Sub Calagary AB Aug 1998
 "The Canadian" out of Calgary.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA 6550 just  departing the Calgary downtown core westbound with "The Canadian" in the mid 80s.
What separates this engine from the rest of the fleet
is that it had a long life and eventually led the
"Royal Canadian Pacific" luxury train.

The 6550 was built in 1953 by General Motors Diesel
as CP 4099. It was renumbered to CP 1400 in 1954 and 
See my page: http://yourrailwaypictures.com/OldDiesels/index-CP.html
sold to VIA Rail in 1978, who renumbered it 6550.
Its next move was to the US as Nebkota  NRI 55. 
Canadian Pacific Railway reacquired it in 1998,
renumbered it CP 1400 and used it to head a crack train, along with the 1401, seen somewhere else on the page
in the Great Hall at the Calgary RCP Headquarters. 

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA EMD FP9a #6510
This old VIA train is located at the Kaministiquia River
Park, Thunder Bay Ontario.

 

Tim Lukinuk, Thunder Bay, ON
VIA #3 (Super Continental ) Tail End Rainbow BC.
This picture was taken by Phil Mason and submitted by Jean Guy Hamel, Quebec, Canada
VIA #3 at Snaring  AB
This picture was taken by Phil Mason and submitted by Jean Guy Hamel, Quebec, Canada
VIA #3 at Snaring  AB
This picture was taken by Phil Mason and submitted by Jean Guy Hamel, Quebec, Canada
VIA 1418 "VIA #1 The Canadian" exiting a small tunnel, just west of the famous Spiral Tunnels,  heading for Vancouver.
This picture was taken in 1978 just after VIA took over
the CPR passanger trains
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA FPA4, 6776, at Brantford, Ontario; 
September 1980. 
VIA Rail was then only 2 years old. Notice the 
difference in livery between the two cars. 

At the back is CN 1247, an SW1200RS switcher 
equipped with Flexi-coil trucks and the same tractive
power as the larger GP-9 units.

his picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Likely leading a railfan trip in December 1978, as 
evidenced by the flags and persons looking out of the baggage car is VIA 6782  making a runpast; usually 
before the right of way is abandoned.

The alternate is that the train is running in a 
"freight-only" subdivision, one that never sees
passenger trains.

VIA 6782 was built by ALCO in March 1959
(Ser#83160) and became CN 6782 before being 
transferred to VIA in 1978. By 1989, all FPA-4
locomotives had been abandoned by VIA about as 
fast as they could replace them with their brand 
news F40PH-2 locomotives.

About 18 of the VIA FPA4 locomotives were 
preserved in Canada or sold in the US to lead 
dinner trains. VIA 6782 wasn’t selected.

Massey F. Jones collection 
VIA 6506 in front of Lake Louise Station when it was in 
use, prior to 1990.
Right of the train is the "High Line", used by westbound trains, while eastbound continue using the track that
6506 is running on.

6506 was rebuilt to Algoma Central 1751 then sold for disposal. View it in its AC paint at http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=315949

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA EMD FP9A Southbound along the Don Valley in September 1980,  probably out of Moosonee, Ontario 
into Toronto Union Station; leads cars in Ontario 
Northland, CN and VIA liveries.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
After VIA Rail 6512 has passed this crossing, it will
be at the end of the Banff station platform on 
September 30, 1985, leading the CANADIAN eastbound. Note the cable coming out of the nose into each ditch light which, at that time, were just coming into service on long range trains. Most of the CN/VIA 6500 diesel units were rebuilt into the VIA 6300 series and all were either 
retired or sold by 1992
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Not yet sporting permanent ditch lights. VIA 6514
is at the CN Calder Yard in October 1984; with 
CN 9173, still in the red-nose and noodle paint 
scheme in the far left background.

Calder Yard is now known as "Walker Yard" and 
situated in Edmonton.

6514 continued in passenger service with VIA Rail 
until the early 1990's, when it was stored and put up
for sale due to the VIA cuts at that time. It was then purchased handle excursion passenger service on the Algoma Central (AC) Railway, becoming AC 1762. Presently, it is at the Alberta Railway Museum 
(ARM) in Edmonton. View it in AC livery at http://www.albertarailwaymuseum.com/about-us.html

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Westbound VIA 6566, just short the Banff AB 
station platform, with "The Canadian", early 1980s.

It is rebuilt from ex-CP/VIA 4066/1422.
The original VIA 6566 was destroyed at Hinton,
Alberta http://blog.traingeek.ca/2011/02/remembering-
hinton-disaster.html

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
6304 is a remanufactured FP9, formerly CN 6509, built
in December 1954 (Ser# A639). It was sold to
IFE Leasing of Saugus, California in 2002 for use in 
movies or excursions.

A view of 6304's new home is shown at: 

http://www.movie-trains.com/recentacq.html

This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
This "Made in Canada" PVC penny bank was offered for sale to VIA Rail customers, in the late 70s for $7.00, as a promotion for their VIA logo, then just entering service on passenger trains. The coin bank was made in Canada and costs $7.00; probably around $20.00 today.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
 A close up showing the slots in the bank
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CN 6516 VIA Tecumseh Ontario May 1977
 
CN 6526 VIA No 81 at Hyde Park 6/25/77
 
CN 6524 VIA No 84 at Hyde Park 6/25/77
 
VIA Rail EMD FP9A Near London Ont. Sept 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail EMD FP9A #6506 Near London Ont.
Sept 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail EMD FP9A #6305 London Ont. Sept 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
During the transition of passenger service from 
CP and CN to VIA Rail, the motive power paint was 
a mix of just about everything.

This train is out of Toronto around 1978.

 

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
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Two photos were merged to create this view of VIA 1898 and 1899 at Alstom 
(CP Ogden Shops) in Calgary AB.
The diesel locomotives formerly bore the numbers CP1800 
(1898) and CP1802 (1899) 
Only three E8s were ever purchased by CPR and eventually 
operated by CP, then VIA between Montreal and Halifax. 
1801 was wrecked, when it ran head-on into a westbound 
freight in December 1968. Elsewhere on this page are
photos of the CP1802.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones

 The train set in the foreground belongs to the BC Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society from New Westminster, BC.  The 8 car heritage train was leased by Parks Canada to celebrate their 100th Anniversary.  The train did a single round trip to Banff and return with a host of dignitaries.  Neither CPR, nor VIA Rail had any spare
cars at the time to accommodate the anniversary trip.  The coaches are a mix of ex 
CPR, CNR and Southern Pacific heritage.  Parks Canada wanted a combination of baggage, coach, dining and parlour cars for this venue.  The BC NRHS leased cars for  excursions in BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon as well as numerous movie shoots
and commercials.  The cars still exist but have not been in regular service for quite
some time and are stored indoors at a private warehouse. This information was 
submitted by Brian Peters

This photo had more significance then first appears.
First of all, VIA6312 is no longer on the roster (sold to
RaiLink and renumbered RaiLink 1401) A photo of the
1401 at the tail end of a train at CN Sarcee Yard in Calgary
on its way to a new home, appears on these pages.
The 6312 built by GMD in 1957 as CN # 6523, was rebuilt
by VIA for use on "The Canadian" and other trains, before being sold to RaiLink, who had it repainted by ONR at
their North Bay shops in July 1999.

The second reason why this photo is historical is that VIA
no longer runs through Calgary. Anyone traveling trans-Canada on VIA, now goes through Edmonton.

The  third reason is that the building on the left, which was
the Calgary central post office was totally gutted inside 
and out and is now the headquarters
for the Royal Canadian Pacific luxury train at 
201-9th Ave SW. 
Misssing from the picture and yet to be constructed, is the
12 meter high glass rotunda with beautiful marble floors
Canadian Pacific Pavillion (see my station page) , linking 
the multi-star Palliser Hotel in the background, to the RCP headquarters . 
At the west end is the Great Hall, a 152 m wing that houses
the Royal Canadian Pacific train when it is in Calgary.
(The track near the platform formerly held the
Speno/Pandrol Jackson grinding trains when in town)

The exhaust signals that 6312 is starting its journey west 
through the Rockies, pullihg VIA #1 "The Canadian" with  all-GMD A-B-B power at the head end. 

A half-block block away on the other side of the Palliser is
the Calgary Tower complex.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA #2 CANADIAN  and CP 8100

CP 8100 (SW1200RS) services the VIA #2 CANADIAN at 
the downtown Calgary station in the early 1980s. VIA no
longer serves Calgary and the 8100 was taken
off-roster in January 1999. As of 2009, there were less than
2 of these units left on the CP roster. and all were either 
sold or scrapped.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA 6302, about 5 minutes walking distance west of
Banff station; westbound with "The Canadian, still in 
a mix of CN and CP paint.
Note the absence of the CN noodle on the nose
 (see previous VIA FP unit photos) and the fact that the 
VIA logo has not yet been applied.
Taken in the early 80s . The area to the left is the
Vermillion Lakes, somewhat drying up in this seasonal
view. 
The mountains in the background are Mount Inglismaldie
and Mount Girouard in the Fairholme Range of the 
Canadian Rockies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Inglismaldie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Girouard
The 6302 was eventually sold to a US operator in Georgia.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA EMD FP9A #6569 Jan 1990

The EMD FP9 was a 1,750 horsepower (1,300 kW), B-B dual-service passenger and freight-hauling diesel locomotive produced between February 1954 and December 1959 by General Motors Electro-Motive Division, and
General Motors Diesel.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_FP9

This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA EMD FP9A #6541
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail MLW FPA-4 #6761 at the London Ont. Station
July 1984
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail MLW FPA-4 #6761 at the London Ont. Station
July 1984
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail MLW FPA-4 #6761 at the London Ont. Station
July 1984
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Heater car #15478
This picture was taken by Bill Grandin and submitted by Jim Parker
This photo, taken from the Trans Canada Highway some
300 ft above, shows a 6300 series  FP unit leading the 
VIA #2 Canadian  through one of the
Kicking Horse Canyon tunnels, just east of Golden BC
(about 160 miles west of Calgary) in the late 1980s. 

The water on the left is the Kicking Horse River, 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kicking_Horse_River fresh
from the glaciers above and flowing swiftly. The train has
left Vancouver about 400 miles away and will pass through
the Spiral Tunnels, within the next 30 or 40 miles, 
on its way to Calgary and points east on the CPR mainline.

At this stage, the VIA 6300s, remanufactured from older 
CN and CP diesel passenger units are about to be 
replaced by newer FP-40s through Calgary until 1990.
At that time VIA merged its Western routes into
one, running instead on the CNR mainline through
Edmonton and Jasper; a more rugged and far less
picturesque setting . 

In order to take advantage of the former tourist trade on 
the CPR, a consortium started the Rocky Mountaineer, 
which has enjoyed great success since, running domed passenger trains  May through September, through the
most spectacular mountain scenery in Canada by 
advanced reservation only during 2-day 
daylight-only trips Calgary-Vancouver (or reverse
depending on the dates) with night lodging in Kamloops,
included into the train fare. http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA/routes_and_
packages

The Kicking Horse River tunnels continue to be used
every day, all year at all hours by CPR freights. 
The Royal Canadian Pacific and the CPR Empress 
steam locomotive also run on the line when scheduled.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
MLW FPA-4 VIA 6781 in the pre-CN noodle, 
pre-ditch light days; around Kingston, heading for 
Toronto on a stormy afternoon 
The unit is now retired.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA ALCO FPA4 #6781 at Bayview (Hamilton)
Ont July 1980
This picture was taken by Allan campbell and submitted by Jim Parker
One of the VIA FPA-4 diesel in the 6700 series, alongside Boulevard Laurier, exiting the Quebec Bridge
(Pont de Quebec) on a very rainy day in the very
early 80s; outbound from Montreal, into Gare du Palais 
in downtown Quebec, on the still popular VIA "Corridor".

Seeking to compete with GMD for the passenger loco
market, Montreal Locomotive Works produced the FPA-2 
and FPA-4 units but only CN received the latter. These 
units went to VIA Rail and all were retired by 1989.
A few were preserved in Canada but the bulk was sold 
to US operators for use in tourist operations including 
dinner trains.

 

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
This view of VIA 6787 at an unknown location, gives
a good example of an FPA-4.

It was built by Montreal Locomotive Works in April 
1959 (Ser# 83165), as part of an order for 34 cab units 
(FPA-4), numbered 6760-6793 and 12 cabless booster units 
(FPB-4), numbered 6860-6871.

This type of locomotive was a familiar site leading
passenger trains, usually in the Montreal-Toronto corridor,
before being sold to Via Rail, who kept the same 
CN numbers

The CN "Noodle" logo on the nose indicates that the
picture was likely taken in the late 1970s, during the 
CN/VIA transition. By the mid-90s, as FPA4 units were 
starting to show their age, all were quickly retired from 
service.

VIA 6787 was sold to the Napa Valley Railroad and
became NVRR 72, for use on their wine train. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napa_Valley_Wine
_Train#Locomotives

Massey F. Jones collection
VIA 6307 going through the washrack in downtown
Calgary in the early 80s. The washrack was dismantled,
after VIA abandoned the Winnipeg-Calgary-Vancouver
route in January 1990.
(VIA now runs Winnipeg-Edmonton-Jasper instead)

VIA 6307 is a remanufactured FP9A, ex CN 6515, built in
1957 and sold to VIA in 1978.
It was renumbered 6307 in 1984 after remanufacture. 
Upon retirement in April 2002the 6307  was sold to 
Ohio Central Railroad.
See a video of her (now in tuscan red colours and trailing 
another FP9A (exVIA 6313 - exx CN 6526) at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x38xx_ohio-central
In this photo, the Canadian is just leaving the Calgary
VIA station, pulling the #1 to Vancouver, through Banff,
Lake Louise and the Spiral Tunnels.
The bridge in the background makes a fairly good vantage 
point for photographing mainline heavy tonnage rail, for the
price of paying for parking at the Gulf Canada Square, the
large glass building above the train.

CPR Heaquarters is in Gulf Canada Square. In front of the 
building is CPR steam locomotive #29 on static display, also
worthy of pictures (View my CPR locomotive page)
Access to the area is now barred, dur to 6 ft fencing on 
both sides of the tracks. The north side fence, still brand 
new is seen behind the engine.

Decent shots of westbound CPR freights are still possible 
at the railway crossing, a few blocks west near Mewata 
Armoury, at 11 St and 9 Ave SW; MP 1.1. CP Laggan Sub.
These is about one per hour each way, mostly led by
AC4400s and usually fitted with Distributed Power
(DPU) either in the middle of the mile-long train and/or 
in the rear.
http://www.youtube.com/watch a DPU train at shot at
that location.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
This view gives a good idea of what the front end of
an FP40PH-2 looks like.

VIA 6410 leading “The Canadian” is slowly going 
through the washrack at 9 Ave & 5 St SW in downtown
Calgary, just out of the station late afternoon in the
mid-1980s, prior to proceeding West to Vancouver.

In January 1990, VIA abandoned service through 
Calgary and the washrack was dismantled. Also, 6 ft.
fences were added to each side of the track to prevent trespassing.This photo was taken with a Canon F1 
camera and 200mm telephoto lens on colour film from 
several feet outside of the track network. (9 Ave SW 
is to the left of the picture).

F40PH-2 6410 was built by General Motors Diesel 
Division in London Ontario (Ser# A4607) and rebuilt
to an F40PH-3 in July 2010 with a third headlight, 
different horns n top of the cab,  air conditioning and 
repainted in the VIA Rail “Renaissance” scheme. 
View it in its new colours at: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA 6301 at Golden BC, Sept 1986
Golden BC is a typical small town on the Trans Canada Highway but the VIA Rail does not run through 
Golden BC anymore.
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA 6301 (B Unit) at Golden BC, Sept 1986

"A" Units have a cab and have two people on board: the engineer (driver) and the fireman (brakeman). The engineer
sits on the left and the fireman on the right facing forward.
"B" Units don't have cabs and usually don't run by
themselves (but some could) and never leading a train .
It doesn't matter what kind of paint. This only indicates
the current owner.

This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Both units here are the same type. Notice the difference in
the grille treatment. Prior to being purchased by VIA Rail, 6651was a CP unit, while 6617 belonged to CN. This view
was acquired  at Field BC in the mid 80s. 

Unit 6651 was retired between 1989 and 1990 and is now an 
artifact at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook BC as CPR 1901.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian
_Museum_of_Rail_Travel

View a photo of this unit as CPR 1901 at:) at: http://www.mountainrailway.com/Roster%20Archive
/CP%201900A/CP%201901.htm

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA EMD FP9A #6540
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA EMD FP9A #6540 Sept 1984
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
EX VIA Rail EMD FP9ARM #6311 at the CN Shops,
Port Mann BC March 2003
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail EMD FP9ARM #6311 at Fraser Mills BC, Nov 1986
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail EMD FP9ARM #6311 at Port Coquitlam BC
Nov 1986
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
 VIA 6861 "B" unit is MLW at Wainright AB.
May 2005
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6429  at Jasper AB. Oct 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_F40PH
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6434 at Jasper AB. Feb 2005
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6409

The EMD F40PH is a 4-axle 3,000 hp (2.2 MW) B-B diesel-electric locomotive, built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division in several variants from 1975
until 1992. Via Rail Canada has the second largest fleet of F40PH-2s which totals 54 units.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_F40PH

This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6406, March 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA 6419 at Jasper AB, heads "The Canadian"
westbound on May 3rd, 2009. The second unit is 
VIA 6445, also shown on this page. The locomotive
was rebuilt to the current standard in April 2012.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6429, Feb 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6445, July 1991
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA 6445 in Calgary on September 22nd 2012, the 
second unit of the VIA RAIL GREY CUP 100 TOUR
SPECIAL on tour to celebrate the 100th anniversary 
of the Grey Cup.

Leading is (ES44AC) CP 8711. For some reason, the 
train in Calgary did not arrive on its own power at the 
viewing site on the CPR Macleod Sub, just north of 
Anderson LRT station.  "LCF" on the cab is the French translation of CFL (Canadian Football League), which is displayed at the same place on the engineers' side.
View more of the train (18 minutes long), including 
the interior of coaches at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTd9RsSlQF8

The Grey Cup 100 Train Tour, with three CFL-themed 
railway coaches (plus crew accommodation), traveled 
east across  Canada for ten weeks, starting at Pacific 
Central Station in Vancouver and visited 100 
communities, including all of the CFL cities.

his picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6454
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA 6445 has yet to be upgraded in this view at Jasper
on May 3rd, 2009. It was rebuilt in September 2012.

View the unit in Winnipeg, wrapped with a Coors
vinyl in 2011 at http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/show
Picture.aspx?id=2488392
 

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6426 Sept 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail EMD F40PH-2 #6442 at London Ont. Sept 1989
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA Rail 6436 at Jasper Dec 31, 2004
6436 is a F40PH-2 built in 1989 ( passenger version of the GP40-2) rated at 3000 hp riding on 4 wheel trucks.
It was built by GMD London (serial number A4837).
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
There is more than meet the eye in this view of VIA #1,  westbound out of Calgary,  early winter 90s (Kodachrome slide not dated).
Leading is VIA 6423, no longer of this world. It was
wrecked with injuries at Thamesville Ontario on April 23, 1999 and retired the following July. 
A very lenghty  report of the accident plus technical 
photos of the wreck and diagram is available at http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/

Helper GP38 CP 3014 is apparently still in service somewhere

VIA 6510 is dislayed in a park in Thunder Bay Ontario. 
View a picture of her at http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx
And 4th from the head end is, the steam generator; 
a relic of past railroading, when steam provided all 
heat we appreciated in the dead of winter.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A fine picture of VIA F40PH-2 #6447,  about 2 miles west
of Calgary shortly before it was wrecked at Biggar Sask in
November 1997; while leading "The Canadian" #2 (eastbound) and retired in 1998. 
Here is  a summary of the Transportation Safety Board findings:
On 03 September 1997, at approximately 0150 mountain daylight time, VIA Rail Canada Inc. Train No. 2, travelling
eastward at 67 mph, derailed at Mile 7.5 of the Canadian National Wainwright Subdivision, near Biggar, Saskatchewan. Thirteen of ninetee cars and the two locomotives derailed. Seventy-nine of the 198 passengers and crew on board were injured, 1 fatally and 13 seriously. Approximately 600 feet of main track was destroyed. 

The Board determined that the derailment immediately followed the fracture of the lead axle on the trailing locomotive. The axle fractured as a result of an 
overheated traction motor suspension bearing that 
failed due to a lack of lubrication 

Read more and see an official aerial view of the wreck 
(with the cars all numbered) at  http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/1997

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA F40PH-2 #6447,  about 2 miles west of Calgary shortly before it was wrecked at Biggar Sask in November 1997
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA 6402 eastbound somewhere around Mileage
125.0, CP Laggan Sub around 1987. 

It emerged from Upper Spiral Tunnel inside Cathedral Mountain to the left about 10  minutes ago and will 
shortly reach Lake Louise. VIA Service on the line 
was abandoned in January 1990. To the very right is 
the Trans-Canada Highway. The roof of a camper can
be  seen above the grass berm.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA EMD F40PH-2 #6447 July 1994
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
F40PH-2 VIA 6449 is eastbound at CN Junction in Vancouver, June 2008, having just left Pacific Central Station. There is more here than meets the eye.

On the left is the Skytrain guideway, then between the 
VIA train and the guideway, a bit of track which leads
to the Rocky Mountaineer terminal at 1755 Cottrell S
treet, covered on the station page.

VIA 6449 (Ser#A4850) was rebuilt in March 2011 to
current F40PH-3 and repainted in the current VIA livery.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA EMD F40PH-2 #6145 Jan 1990
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA EMD F40PH-2 #6457 July 1994
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA EMD F40PH-2 #6409 St.s Mary's Ont. Feb 1995 
This picture was submitted by Jim Parker and is part of the "Frank Smeltzer Collection"
VIA 6413, just out of Calgary eastbound and still within
Alyth Yard, in the very early 1980s. The cattle pens,
along with nearby Canada Packers have long since disappeared and VIA Rail ceased serving Calgary in
January 1990.

The locomotive was built by General Motors as an
F40PH-2 (Ser#A4610) in 1986-87, one of a series of
20. Along with VIA 6401, 6406, 6413, 6424, and 6434,
it became wrapped in vinyl to promote the
Spider-Man 2 movie in the early-2000s http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=61000

 Photo: A.H. (Al) Coverdale through Late Lorne Unwin – Massey F. Jones collection

VIA's LRC


A typical LRC consist in the Toronto area
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA Rail, LRC #6907 at London Ont. July 1984

VIA's LRC trains debuted in the summer of 1981 with fanfare.
The Canadian-developed train was intended to speed travellers
along the Windsor-Quebec City corridor at speeds
exceeding 
100 mph. The trains entered service more slowly than expected, in part due to a strike at Bombardier. LRC's 
are still a novelty as 6910 pulls my first photographed
LRC train into Kingston station in December 1981
with a long Christmas consist:

This picture was submitted by J Guy Hamel and was taken by Jamed Booth
VIA Rail, LRC #6907 at London Ont. July 1984
This picture was submitted by J Guy Hamel and was taken by Jamed Booth
VIA Rail, LRC #6907 at London Ont. July 1984
This picture was submitted by J Guy Hamel and was taken by Jamed Booth
VIA Rail LRC 6900 at London Ont July 1984
heading east towards Brantford and on to Toronto.
It is is just about to cross Rectory St., heading west 
towards the London CN station.
Almost just in front of 6900 is where the CN Rectory St
tower once stood which is shown on the 
railway station page.
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
The grand daddy of all the VIA  Bombardier LRCs 
All the LRC power units are now retired. 
Only their cars remain on the track 
LRC Prototype being taken out of the BBD plant
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
In this view, a string of Dayliners (RDCs), inbound from 
Montreal's West Island is just a couple of minutes away
from its Windsor Station terminal on a snowy day, when it
meets with what seems to be an early Bombardier LRC
doing a test run, as evidenced by  just a couple of cars
behind the engine and no VIA logo. Let's date it about 
1975, in pre-VIA Rail days. 
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The grand daddy of all the VIA  Bombardier LRCs 
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The English language version of a Bombardier promotion
pamphlet, for its LRC train. Its French language counterpart
is partly seen behind as a separate issue.  Each opens in
3 large panels, with several photos and charts. When folded, 
the handout is 8 ½" x 11" and printed on glossy heavy weight
paper on both sides.

To understand the LRC concept, we have to start at the beginning. 
The LRC was designed to be the direct competitor to the
United Aircraft "Turbo Train" (shown on this page), then on the 
way to retirement. The name "LRC" was selected, so that it
could translate well in French and English. In French, it is 
"Léger Rapide Comfortable" or the "Le train LRC"
for short. 

Rather than being one which operated with a jet aircraft
engine 
such as the Turbo, the LRC was going to use a standard 
"off-the-shelf diesel engine , as well as an aluminum frame 
and 
have a tilt mechanism on curves. The tilt mechanism was its
strongest selling point but it encountered several problems 
before being redesigned.

Bombardier (pronounced Bom-bar-dee-ay), a maker of 
recreational products (the "Ski-Doo"),  purchased Montreal 
Locomotive Works (at 1505 Dickson St in east end Montreal)
in 1975; so that it could acquire the manufacturing rights for
the ALCO/MLW diesel engine and use it as the basis for its
locomotive. 

The LRC was conceived in 1968 by a consortium of Dofasco, Alcan
and Montreal Locomotive Works (later Bombardier). While
Bombardier's main contract was mainly with VIA Rail for the
production of a lightweight train for use within "The Corridor" (Windsor-Quebec City) for high speed operation on existing track,
to units were specifically built for Amtrak in the US (# 38 and 39). 
All units were B-B locomotives (European BoBo),  and all
used the same power plant.

Bombardier  produced 31 LRC locomotives between 1981 
and 1984. 
Two models were  destined  for VIA Rail: the LRC-2 (6900-6920), 
built 1981-82 and the LRC-3 (6921-6928), built in 1983.  VIA LRC locomotives and coaches operated steadily in Ontario
and Quebec, until about 1988, when problems, which required extensive maintenance were encountered.

Gradually, most of the locomotives were withdrawn from service
and only 2 were preserved in Canada. Ex-VIA 6921 is at Exporail - The Canadian Railway Museum at St. Constant
QC (just south of Montreal) and ex-VIA 6917 is now an
artifact of the Toronto 
Railway Historical Association (TRHA).

There's a video of the 6917 being started up after 13 years at: http://www.trha.ca/LRC/  and a photo of the 6921 at http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=604368
Other locomotives were put up for sale "as is, where is". 
Most of the LRC coaches were upgraded and kept by
VIA Rail and now used behind the newest VIA P42C locomotives, mostly within the Corridor for business travelers.

Massey F. Jones collection
The tilt mechanism of each car on the curve was the LRC's 
biggest seller; designed to provide a smooth ride on freight
track in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor
More at http://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=
Bombardier_LRC
as follows:  "The trains were intended to increase the 
speed of passenger train service over conventional non-high-speed railway tracks. They do this using
active-tilt technology to reduce the forces acting on 
passengers when a train travels at higher speeds
around a curve in the railway tracks, and thus increase passenger comfort without the need to build new, 
straighter tracks as is required for high-speed trains 
such as France's TGV and Germany's ICE. The LRC
is the oldest tilting train still in service."

"Initially, the LRCs were plagued with teething problems. 
One common problem was that the cars would 'lock' in the tilted 
positioned even after the track had straightened out from
a curve, or alternately the hydraulic tilting system would
fail to operate entirely. In 1984, all coaches were pulled 
from service after it was discovered that a mistake in manufacturing replacement axles resulted in fatigue 
cracks that could (and in two cases, did) result in a broken 
axle. The locomotives were never designed to tilt. "

Image from the Bombardier promotional pamphlet -
Massey F. Jones collection
A view from LRC cab is included in the Bombardier 
promotional pamphlet.
Massey F. Jones collection
The front and back of the welcome card for the LRC, 
with snack service prices on the reverse.

Beer was $1.75; tea coffee, milk, soft drinks and fruit
juice were all 65¢ and cigarettes (when it was still p
ermissible to smoke on trains) were $1.65 per pack.

The card measured 5 ¼ x 11 inches (13.5 x 28 cm). 
In addition to showing the seat features, it indicated
how to work the individual reading lamps. Wi-Fi and
plug-ins was not yet a feature of the LRC train.

 Massey F. Jones collection
There was some also some interest expressed in the US. 
Two locomotives and ten coaches were leased to Amtrak 
for testing in the Northeast and Midwest between 1980 and 1982. The Northeast tests were mostly on the "Beacon Hill" train, between New Haven and Boston.

In the end, due to restructuring and other factors, Amtrak declined an option to buy the LRC units and they were 
returned to Bombardier. Here, we see a telephoto shot of former Amtrak demonstrator #38 in primer paint against 
a wall in of the Bombardier plant on November 1st, 1983.

Note the way the number was applied to the side and a
red tail light on top of the cabin. View an excellent shot
of it in AMT livery at: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=
69783&nseq=2 and being put into position with its cars for departure, by RS-3 unit AMT 144,  at http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx
?id=2600656

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA 6911 leaves Ottawa in this undated shot of the
mid-1980s.

View photo of some "dead" LRC locomotives on a bit
of track, at http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=
3902958

There was one destined for South Africa but it never made it there after being modified electrically and fitted with narrow gauge trucks. http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=5630

Massey F. Jones collection
VIA 6911 leaves Ottawa in this undated shot of the
mid-1980s.
Massey F. Jones collection
VIA 6911 leaves Ottawa in this undated shot of the
mid-1980s.
Massey F. Jones collection
Some of the yard of the Bombardier plant at 1505 
Dickson St, in east-end Montreal, on November 1st, 1983.

Visible (L to R): CN 2104, AMT 38 and AMT 39 and 
VIA 6923.

Bombardier eventually sold the plant to General Electric 
and the building went through a series of transitions
including a fire, after which the entire area was razed and
a brand new building constructed on part of the site.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Bombardier displayed this photo to showcase its new 
LRC prototype (LRC-1). It appears to be having been 
taken on a bridge between Montreal and the West Island 
(just past the P-E Trudeau airport). There is a long bridge 
in the area, in daily use by commuter trains.
Contributed by Massey F. Jones from a wall photograph
VIA 6923, at the Bombardier plant in East-central 
Montreal, 1 Nov 83.

The locomotive is an LRC-3, the last type produced by Bombardier.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Bombardier plant; during a winter; shot with a 
telephoto lens from the nearby CN Joliette Sub.
This is a negative scan, taken sometime around 1980.

Here we see the LRC prototype (LRC-1) and a
MLW M-630W #723, still in the BCOL
two-tone paint scheme.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones

The Turbo Train


The Turbo trainsets first came in a 7-car version, which was later modified to 
9 cars. CN initially operated this arrangement between Montreal and Toronto
(one each way), thenVIA took over. Frequent breakdowns doomed the Turbo,
which was powered by a small jet engine (Pratt & Whitney model ST6)
Turbo rear is a rear view of the trainset. It will be in Montreal in a few minutes.
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
Turbo outbound passes a signal near Turcot 
(Montreal main CN yard, on the way to Toronto)
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
Turbo train exiting an underpass below Montreal's Autoroute 20 in the 1970s
 This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
An almost brand-new  9-car Turbo nearing Dorval in Montreal's west end 
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
A timetable from the pocket edition of the CN
Condensed Schedule April 25, 1976 – October 30,
1976 shows the Turbo and a variety of other trains in 
the Toronto-Montreal corridor.

The VIA Rail timetable of the Ontario and Quebec
Services dated October 29, 1978 – 28 April, 1979 still 
has most of them scheduled but the Quebec- Ontario Corridor  Timetable June 1 – October  30, 1982 has 
definitely dropped the Turbo and is now promoting
the LRC on the cover and what VIA is now calling in 
its publicity inside the folder:  "Rapido Service, 
consisting of 18 trains between Windsor and Québec, 
some of it LRC trains, others conventional diesels, 
offering first class on-board service and limited stops."

Today, there are 11 trains in "The Corridor".

The red stars on the pictured timetable, indicate
reserved seating at no extra charge. The circled (1) 
means that no checked baggage is accepted and the (3) 
does not accept oversized baggage or skis. The star 
in the "Cavalier" column is a variation of the seat reservation for passengers getting on/off at Guildwood, 
a few miles short of downtown. Notice that The Cavalier
is the overnight train, Massey rode it frequently both
ways, along with the Turbo, when stationed in Downsview with the RCAF to visit his folks near Montreal in the 70s.

Massey F. Jones collection
The turbo being towed home by VIA 6521
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
Turbo approaching the Kingston ON VIA station. 
As we can see, the train was masssive.
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
VIA Turbo in a cut, near Kingston, Ontario, June 1976
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont Dec 1968
In the station, Inaugural Run
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont. April 1969
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont.
1st Class section of the Inaugural Run Dec 1968
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont.
Drivers Control Panel on the Inaugural Run Dec 1968
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR G-D Turbo Train at Toronto Ont.
Drivers foward view on the Inaugural Run Dec 1968
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker



 
 

   
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Canadian Train Stations
The Grain Elevators
of Western Canada
Untimely End
   
 
CN Locomotives
CP Locomotives
VIA Rail Locomotives
Canadian Cabooses
Canadian Railway Artifacts
Train Bridges and Trestles
Canadian Railway Tunnels
with a detailed look at the
CPR Spiral Tunnels
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and Steam and Diesel Locomotives
Old Canadian Rolling Stock
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The Scrap Yard
 The Halifax & South-Western Museum
 Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Freight Cars
 
Electric Locomotives and Street Cars
Canadian Railiners/Dayliners
Industrial and on Site Diesel  Locomotives
 
The Newfoundland Railway
 
Robot Cars

Two site worth looking at.

The Memory Lane Railway Museum in Middleton, Nova Scotia.
The only exclusive Dominion Atlantic Railway museum in the world

Welcome to the DAR DPI
A web community initiative intent on digitally preserving
the history of the Dominion Atlantic Railway


Links
Visit our Home in Summerville Nova Scotia. This house was built in 1873.
Where we live and what we do
A Nova Scotia Snow Storm Hits Summerville
A Nova Scotia Snow Storm Hits Summerville
The Steam Locomotives of the CPR
The Steam Engines of the CNR
Railway Maintenance Equipment
And Old Railway Rolling Stock
Train Bridges and Trestles
Canadian Railway Tunnels
The Grain Elevators of Western Canada
Canadian National Railways Motive Power Statistics Index
Jerry Barnes' Garden Railway, The SCRR
The Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society
The Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society
Historic Aircraft Pictures
Visit John's Old Car and Truck Pictures
The Yard Limit's page on the 
Windsor & Hantsport Railway (WHRC)
CN Pensioners' Association
The Stanley Steamer

For all you steam fans, this page is a must

Visit Lonnie Hedgepeth's 
of Rocky Mount, North Carolina site.
He has used the plans provided on Covered Bridge Plans  webpage and is 
building a Covered Bridge for his Live Steam train.
Many new pictures have been added including pictures of his Live Steam Engine
The building trades class at Darlington HS in Darlington, Wisconsin built this covered bridge for a local business man
 Tour the 64 remaining Covered Bridges
 of New Brunswick
The Covered Bridges that once
dotted Nova Scotia.
Lilies From the Valley
A Vast selection of Oriental and Asiatic previously cut commercially grown bulbs ready for shipment anywhere in Canada
Visit my Jeep page
A Picture Review of the Jeeps
from 1940 to the present
A Picture Review of the 
Nash, Hudson
and the cars of American Motors
A Picture Review of the Hudsons and Terraplanes
that were found in Australia
A Picture Review Studebaker
A Picture review of the Packard
A Picture Review of the
Pickup Truck from 1940 to 1969
A Picture review of the Volkswagen
A Picture Tour of the Kaiser Frazer
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A Picture Tour of the Henry J
A Picture Tour of the Crosley
A Picture Review of the Chevrolet
from 1916 tto 1970
A Picture Review of the Ford
from 1908 to 1969
The Chrysler Airflow
View some of John Evan's  Artwork
View some of
John' Evan's Artwork
This site has quite a collections
of John's artwork.
View these old cars as you haven't before.
Eric Gordon's Kaiser Rebuild
There are many pictures showing the
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