Thursday 10 February 2022

Throwback Thursday - FP9, Eh?

A clean pair of FP9A locomotives lead Via number 73 away from the London station on March 11, 1988.
By Peter Mumby
The FP9A was a late-1950s passenger locomotive designed and produced by General Motors.  Since there was no corresponding "FP9B," the "A" component of the model designation may seem superfluous, so in some quarters you will see it referred to simply as "FP9."  EMD assembled 32 units (mostly for export), while GMD accounted for 54 copies.  Of these GMD units, 11 were built for CP, while 43 joined CN's roster.  Construction was spread out over the 1954-1958 time frame.  Most of these Canadian-built units were eventually transferred to Via Rail, becoming the backbone of that carrier's early locomotive fleet.

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