HO F59PHI, Amtrak #457
Amtrak 453 and 461 features revised striping and artwork Amtrak 453, 457, and 461 are the perfect power to complement our Genesis Surfliner
Beginning in 2017, METRA began to honor the legacy of the railroads that made Chicago a centerpiece for American travel, by painting several of its locomotives in heritage paint schemes. #425 was first to be released in December 2017 and is painted to honor the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad as well as outgoing CEO Don Orseno.
Unveiled in January 2019, #409 is painted in the colors of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, better known as the Milwaukee Road. It also features the famous “Hiawatha” logo on the nose.
Locomotive #90 is painted in Chicago and North Western Railroad livery, Whose former rail lines still see METRA trains today.
Note: The paint schemes on numbers 405 and 425 are not depicted on F59PHI locomotives in real life. We offer them here in our Legendary Liveries series, as a fitting tribute to the legacy of these great railroads and to satisfy popular demand for these paint schemes.
Locomotive #90 is painted in Chicago and North Western Railroad livery, whose former rail lines still see METRA trains today.
Beginning in 1995, North Carolina developed the Piedmont regional train as a follow-on to Amtrak’s Carolinian. The train runs between Charlotte and Raleigh and runs a maximum of six times a day. Among the motive power used for this service are two EMD F59PHI locomotives, #1755 and 1797. The trains are operated by Amtrak crews; the state owns the locomotives and rolling stock.
Metrolink is a commuter railroad in southern California, operating a 534 mile network which currently consists of seven lines. Metrolink 874-881 were delivered in 1994. The units feature decorative corrugated panels on their sides. The units were in service as late as 2019, with 874 still wearing its as-delivered livery.
The EMD F59PHI is a high speed locomotive produced by Electro-Motive Division (EMD) from 1994 to 2001. It features an isolated cab, lightweight body, and a streamlined shape, features that were absent on the original commuter F59PH.
First built for the California Department of Transportation(CDoT), the F59PHI has seen service in all four corners of America, (Mostly seen in California) as well as in the Pacific Northwest/Montreal area in Canada , and most recently Chicago’s METRA Railroad.
In 1990, the State of California passed a bill that would result in massive funding for the state transportation systems. It also resulted in a separate, state funded system of regional Amtrak routes.
CDOT wanted a locomotive that was both reliable and attractive. They approached EMD, who responded with the lightweight, high-speed F59PHI locomotive.
Soon after, more orders arrived. Amtrak ordered 21 of these locomotives for their Pacific Sufliner service (separate from Amtrak California), and the North Carolina Department of Transportation also selected it as their primary motive power. West Coast Express (operated by TransLink) in Metro Vancouver, also selected it for starting up its service
Montreal’s Agence de Metropolitaine de Transport bought 11 of these locomotives to go with their Bombardier Bi-Level coaches, which were just arriving.
The F59PHI was produced until 2001. It was taken off of EMD’s lineup because it wasn’t able to meet the EPA Tier 1 regulations.