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89mph-geared passenger F40PH-2 units are not the best power to use in freight service, but they may have been handy pulling fast intermodal trains. Power-short CP in the early 90's was a gaggle of leased power mixed with the usual CP power of the era (C424's, big M's, rebuilt RS18's and GP9's, GP38's and SD40's of many flavours). Cuts in VIA's passenger train network in the early 90's left VIA with surplus equipment, and CP was able to twist VIA's arm to get 4-8 of their F40's for use in freight service. Unlike other old and worn-out leasers on hand, the VIA units weren't that old, being built by GMD in 1986-89 they were still relatively new! 

One of their typical uses was on intermodal trains #929 and #928 between Montreal and Toronto, often in back-to-back pairs or mixed with CP freight and leaser units for heavier trains. Despite being 3000 horsepower, the high 89mph gearing limited their pulling power in freight service, hence running with other power.

A solid consist of three VIA F40's on a freight train would have been rare! But on this day, Reg Button was on the scene in Toronto to capture this trio of leased F40's 6454, 6438 and 6452 heading up CP intermodal train #929, seen at the south end of CP's Obico intermodal yard near North Queen Street crossing in Etobicoke.

Reg Button photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.
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Caption: 89mph-geared passenger F40PH-2 units are not the best power to use in freight service, but they may have been handy pulling fast intermodal trains. Power-short CP in the early 90's was a gaggle of leased power mixed with the usual CP power of the era (C424's, big M's, rebuilt RS18's and GP9's, GP38's and SD40's of many flavours). Cuts in VIA's passenger train network in the early 90's left VIA with surplus equipment, and CP was able to twist VIA's arm to get 4-8 of their F40's for use in freight service. Unlike other old and worn-out leasers on hand, the VIA units weren't that old, being built by GMD in 1986-89 they were still relatively new!

One of their typical uses was on intermodal trains #929 and #928 between Montreal and Toronto, often in back-to-back pairs or mixed with CP freight and leaser units for heavier trains. Despite being 3000 horsepower, the high 89mph gearing limited their pulling power in freight service, hence running with other power.

A solid consist of three VIA F40's on a freight train would have been rare! But on this day, Reg Button was on the scene in Toronto to capture this trio of leased F40's 6454, 6438 and 6452 heading up CP intermodal train #929, seen at the south end of CP's Obico intermodal yard near North Queen Street crossing in Etobicoke. After working Obico, the train would depart (backing onto the Galt Sub?) westward for Windsor.

Reg Button photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Photographer:
Reg Button photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [764] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/29/1994 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: VIA 6454, 6438, 6452 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 929 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Obico Yard - CP Canpa Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (Etobicoke) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Trust Reg what can we say

  2. I only ever photographed two together when they were on lease and have only ever seen others photos of just two. This might have been the only time this happened. Awesome he was there to photograph it.

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