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EMD F59PH Diesel Electric Passenger Locomotive
The EMD F59PH series of locomotives comprises two variants of locomotives built by EMD, the original F59PH and the newer F59PHI. These modern Diesel-electric locomotives are popular among North American commuter rail services.


The F59PH was the first in the "F59" Series of locomotives. Eighty-three locomotives were built from May 1988 to May 1994 for two commuter transit railroads, Metrolink of Los Angeles, California, United States and GO Transit of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While Metrolink continues to use these locomotives today, in 2008, GO Transit began discontinuing operations using this locomotive in favor of the new MPI MP40PH-3C. Only eight locomotives that were refurbished in 2011 remain in service. Those eight locomotives will be replaced in Fall 2016 when the MPI MP54ACs are delivered.

This locomotive is equipped with a turbocharged EMD 12-710G3A, a 12-cylinder, two-stroke Diesel engine (prime mover), front and rear platforms, a full-width cab with a three-piece windshield. Earlier EMD cowl-type locomotives had used a two-piece windshield, while the Canadian comfort cab used a four-piece design.

The F59PH is still used today, mainly on commuter railroads.

Fleet details

Operator: Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT - Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Number: 10
Year built: 1988-1990
Unit numbers: 1340-1349
Remarks: Purchased secondhand from GO Transit. Used on the Candiac Line, to be used on Vaudreuil-Hudson and Mont-Saint-Hilaire Lines. Some of them are undergoing refurbishments and repainting.

Operator: GO Transit

Number: 8
Year built: 1988–1994
Unit numbers: 557–564
Remarks: GO Transit owned 49 locomotives (520–568), but most have been retired and replaced by new MPI MP40 locomotives. Units refurbished in 2011 remain in service. All retired units owned by RB Railway Group. Remainder to be replaced by MP54AC.

Operator: Metra

Number: 3
Year built: 1988
Unit numbers: 97-99
Remarks: Three ex-AMT locomotives are painted in 2003 style similar to MP36PH's. Operate on the Metra Milwaukee Districts.

Operator: Metrolink

Number: 23
Year built: 1992–1993
Unit numbers: 851–873
Remarks: No. 855 destroyed in the 2008 Chatsworth train collision and scrapped. 3 units leased from GO Transit.

Operator: NCDOT

Number: 4
Unit numbers: 1810, 1859, 1869, 1893
Remarks: Used on Amtrak Piedmont service. Purchased secondhand from GO Transit and rebuilt by American Motive Power.

Operator: Trinity Railway Express

Number: 8
Year built: 1988–1994
Unit numbers: 525, 527, 528, 565–568
Remarks: Purchased secondhand from GO Transit.

Operator: RB Railway Group

Number: 12
Year built: 1988-1990
Unit numbers: 18520–18524, 18531, 18537–18538, 18547, 18551, 18554
Remarks: Purchased secondhand from GO Transit.
Company leases units to commuter operators. Currently units 18520, 18522 & 18533 are leased to Metrolink, to replace engines out of service for installation of positive train control equipment. Some units are scheduled to be used on the proposed SEMCOG Commuter Rail.

EMD F59PH Overview

Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: Electro-Motive Division (EMD), General Motors Diesel (GMD)
Build date: May 1988 to May 1994
Total produced: 83
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Length: 58 ft 2 in (17.73 m)
Prime mover: EMD 12-710G3A
Engine type: V12 Diesel
Cylinders: 12
Performance figures
Power output: 3,000 hp (2.24 MW)
Locale: Canada, United States

See also:


EMD Diesel Locomotives


The original F59PH and its newer counterpart, the F59PHI on Amtrak's Piedmont. Both locomotives are owned by NCDOT.

By Hunterrrr - Flickr: Piedmont, CC BY 2.0,

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Two F59PH locomotives owned by GO Transit at Oakville station. GO has since discontinued the majority of these locomotives but a handful remain in regular service. Several ex-GO units are now operated by other services.

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Two F59PH locomotives owned by GO Transit at Oakville station.