GO 788 Thunders Past Garner Rd a Very Rare GMDD F59PH
Added: November 13, 2010
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Remarks: GO 788 heads back to Toronto from Niagara Falls, as part of GO Transit's summer service to the Niagara Region, running Friday nights, Saturday's and Sunday's. This time it carries one of the last remaining GMDD F59PH's behind one of the newer MP40PH-3C's. The F59 was there to aid in the event of the MPI breaking down, as it was a common event for the new units. As of now, no more F59PH's remain in GO Transit service.
Billster8724, We took VIA from Windsor to Union Station in Toronto on Nov 12, 2010 and on the way in saw GO TRANSIT F59PH's on the siding but not actually in service. Are the MPI MP40PH's that unreliable? Your comment would be appreciated.
Those F59PH's you saw are most likely retired from GO's fleet. A few were still in occasional service in the recent past, but I'm not certain about their status as of now. None of the F59PH's have been scrapped from what I can tell, unless they were damaged for whatever reason. Most of them are going to Montreal to be used by AMT (French name which escapes me at the moment). Others are off to Texas, as seen in a picture on the railpictures site. Their numbers and GO symbol will be replaced, for now, by a RMX number (if I remember correctly), and than shipped off to eventually be repainted.
GO recieved several different batches of MP40PH-3C's over several different time periods. The first 25 MP40's to arrive, numbered 600-625 have, for the most part not been a problem. However the newer MP40's numbered 626 and up were programmed with a more advanced computer system, which was still flawed. The units would break down and thus the train would be stuck until a replacement locomotive could come. GO only brought an F59PH to the CNR Grimsby Sub 3 or 4 different days this summer. It was just for backup incase the MP40 broke down, although I never heard any cases in which it did down here in Niagara.
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