EMD F40PH

EMD F40PH

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The General Motors Electro-Motive Division model F40PH is a 4-axle B-B diesel-electric locomotive intended for passenger service, built from 1976 onwards.

History

The F40PH series was originally intended to haul short to medium-length trains on Amtrak's shorter routes; soon after it entered service it also began to replace the long-distance EMD SDP40F, Amtrak's first new locomotive model, which was under a cloud after a derailment or two and reports of rough riding. The F40 was based on the proven EMD GP40 series freight locomotives using a two axle truck of known reliability. (The term "F40" by itself can lead to confusion, because the first locomotive to bear that designation was the F40C, a passenger C-C locomotive derived from the SD40-2, similar to the SDP40F but with a HEP generator.)

While Amtrak's initial order for thirty F40PH locomotives specified , the next order (from the Chicago RTA, later to become known as Metra) increased that specification to , which was the norm for most orders afterwards. Amtrak's earlier units were later uprated to this specification as well. A notable exception are the units purchased and operated by Via Rail Canada, which are rated at . The F40PH was purchased by many commuter railroads, such as the MBTA, Tri-Rail, CalTrain, NJ Transit and GO Transit; all except GO Transit still operate these locomotives. Amtrak's large fleet of F40PH-type locomotives has largely been retired, scrapped, or sold following the purchase of GE......
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