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the F59PH-I



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According to Wikipedia - First built in 1994, the locomotive is a 3,200 hp (2.4 MW) B-B diesel-electric locomotive intended for service on North American mainlines.[2] This locomotive is equipped with a turbocharged EMD 12-710G3C-EC, a 12 cylinder, 2 stroke diesel engine (prime mover). The main (traction) alternator converts mechanical energy from the prime mover into electrical energy that is distributed through a high voltage cabinet to direct current traction motors. Each of the four traction motors is directly geared to a pair of driving wheels. The gear ratio of the traction motors (model D87BTR) to wheel axle determines the maximum operating speed of the locomotive; a standard F59PHI has a gear ratio of 56:21 which provides a top speed of 110 mph (176 km/h).

The F59PHI has a fully enclosed carbody which provides protected walkways for easy access to the engine room and trailing units. This arrangement allows routine maintenance while the locomotive is in service. The noteworthy aspect of this locomotive's exterior is the use of composites to present a streamlined appearance.[2]

To supply electrical power for passenger service, the F59PHI is equipped with a secondary electrical generator referred to as the Head End Power (HEP) unit. The head-end generator generates AC power at 480 V, 60 Hz AC, and can be rated between 500 and 750 kW to provide power to the passenger carriages for lighting, electric heating, and air conditioning. The head-end generator is powered by a second diesel engine dedicated to it. With this arrangement, the prime mover is not burdened by head-end power generation and consequently is used solely for supplying tractive effort.

When it debuted for Caltrans in late 1994, the F59PHI was the first locomotive in the United States which met California's stringent emission standards.[2]

Examples of the F59PHI are currently operated by these companies:

AMT (Montreal)
Amtrak (Amtrak Cascades, all Amtrak California routes, Coast Starlight, and Piedmont)
Metrolink (Southern California)
North County Transit District (with the San Diego Coaster)
Sound Transit (Sounder Commuter Rail)
Trinity Railway Express
West Coast Express



    Location & Information  Date  Photo Credit
450  Under construction 1998   George Gravel
450 Los Angeles Union Station
The sixtieth anniversary of the San Diegan held at LAUPT. Amtrak 450 had just made it in that morning.
 May 17, 1998  Arthur Schulert
450  Los Angeles Union Station  Jan 10, 2001   Pete Piszczek
450  Fullerton CA  May 2002 Pete Piszczek
451  Los Angeles CA  April 22, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
451  Los Angeles CA  April 22, 1999   Dick Leonhardt
451  Los Angeles CA  April 22, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
451   White Rock BC 10:35am
Amtrak Cascades northbound
 July 28, 2004  Stephen Rees
452  Fullerton CA  May1999 Don Winslow
452  Fullerton CA  May1999 Don Winslow
452  Fullerton CA  May1999 Don Winslow
452  Fullerton CA  May1999  Don Winslow
452  Fullerton CA  May1999  Don Winslow
453  Los Angeles CA  April 22, 1999 Dick Leonhardt
 453  Los Angeles CA  Jan 24, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
453   Los Angeles CA  Jan 24, 2000 Dick Leonhardt
453  Los Angeles CA  Jan 24, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
453  Los Angeles CA  Jan 26, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
454  Los Angeles CA  April 21, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
454 Fullerton CA  Feb 21, 2002  Pete Piszczek
454   Los Angeles CA  May 2002  Jim Hebner
455  Tacoma WA Feb 12, 1999  Dan Calhoun 
455  Los Angeles CA
Union Station
 Jan 26, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
455 Los Angeles CA
Union Station
Oct 2013 Thomas J Van Haag Jr
456  Los Angeles Union Station
456 arriving with trn 772 San Diegan while P-42 13 backs trn 3 out for cleaning
 Jan 8, 2000  Carlos P Balacuit
Charles P White
456  Los Angeles Union Station
456 with #772 San Diegan
 Jan 8, 2000  Carlos P Balacuit
Charles P White
 456  Los Angeles Union Station Jan 26, 2000 Dick Leonhardt
 456  Los Angeles
Union Station
 March 25, 2000  Jim Hebner
 457 Los Angeles
Union Station 
Sept 27, 2000  Bill Larduskey 
457 Fullerton CA  March 15, 2002  Wayne Buser
457   Picnic Point, WA  May 20, 2004  Joe O'Connell
457 Los Angeles
Union Station 
Feb 1, 2012 Michelle Martin
457 Los Angeles
Union Station 
Feb 1, 2012 Michelle Martin
457 Los Angeles
Union Station 
Feb 1, 2012 Michelle Martin
457 Los Angeles
Union Station 
looking a bit rough
Oct 2013 Thomas J Van Haag Jr
458  Los Angeles
Union Terminal
 Jan 10, 2001  Pete Piszczek
459  Los Angeles
Union Station
 Jan 26, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
460  460 with FL-9s  1998  George Gravel
  460
461
 ready to go west  1998  George Gravel
460  Los Angeles CA  April 22, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
 460  Fullerton CA  Feb 21, 2002 Pete Pizsczek  
 460  Fullerton CA  Feb 21, 2002 Pete Pizsczek  
 461

Portland OR
A rare visit of a California
F-59 - into Cascade
green country 

 Jan 6, 2001 Chris Fussell
462  Los Angeles CA  April 21, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
462  Los Angeles CA  January 26, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
 462  Los Angeles CA  Jan 26, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
462 Mukilteo WA  May 13, 2004  Joe O'Connell
463  Los Angeles CA  April 21, 1999   Dick Leonhardt
463  Los Angeles CA  April 21, 1999   Dick Leonhardt
 464 Dallas Texas
The locomotive and an entire consist of California Cars, apparently new, was tucked behind the locomotives of #21, THE TEXAS EAGLE. deadheading west
 Sept 24, 2000 Bill Hakkarinen 
465  Fullerton CA  Oct 3 1998  Don Winslow
Burlington WA
April 1, 2008
Joe O'Connell
465 Seattle WA
King St Station
train 516
Oct 2013 Thomas J Van Haag Jr


The green Cascades Locos
466  Portland OR  Nov 4, 2000  Christopher Fussell
466 Mukilteo WA  May 17, 2004  Joe O'Connell
466 Mukilteo WA  May 21, 2004  Joe O'Connell
466  Picnic Point WA
Southbound "CASCADES"
 April 18, 2005   Joe O'Connell
467
&
470
 Seattle WA  1999  Dan Calhoun 
467 Mukilteo WA  May 13, 2004  Joe O'Connell
468 Portland OR    Christopher Fussell 
469  Selkirk NY
in Cascade Service paint
being shipped west
 October 31, 1998  Jeff Lubchansky
469  Tacoma WA  Jan 16, 1999  Dan Calhoun
         
469 Vancouver WA   Summer 2001 Michael Keyes
469 Seattle WA  September 1999  Dan Calhoun 
469 Seattle WA  March 2002  Ron Goodson
469 Seattle WA May 2004 Jim Hebner
 470   Tacoma WA  Jan 26, 1999  Dan Calhoun 
470 Mukilteo WA  May 30, 2004 Joe O'Connell 

Other F59s
1755 Raleigh, NC October 2001 Craig Zeni
1797 FAYETTEVILLE, NC

named "City of Asheville"
1998 Leo W Persick Jr



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This archive was first accessed August 1996