Thursday 6 January 2022

Throwback Thursday - MLW FPA-4

Christmas Day of 1988 finds FPA-4 number 6783 at the head end of train 73 at London, Ontario.
by Peter Mumby

Over the years, a number of railway enthusiasts have opined that the Alco PA was the most attractive North American diesel of all time.  I personally never encountered a PA, so a related locomotive, the MLW FPA-4, would be at the top of my list.  A model constructed only for CN, thirty-four such passenger units (numbered 6760-6793) were assembled in Montreal during 1958 and 1959.  Most were conveyed to Via in the late 1970s and operated until they were retired between 1987 and 1989.  Unit number 6783, the subject of today's photo, belonged to class MPA-18b.


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