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+The EMD F59PHI is a quasi-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, 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.
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 locomoties to go with their Bombardier BiLevel 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.
Some of Amtrak California’s F59PHI’s have been rebuilt by EMD, these are ECO repowers.
Sound Transit’s 2015 budget outlines plans to overhaul seven F59’s and four of those will be overhauled to Tier 3 standards. (Most likely by EMD as ECO repowers).
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* Railway Amtrak California F59PHI
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Amtrak California logo 2012.svg
Amtrak California train at San Jose Diridon Station
Owner Caltrans Division of Rail
Transit type Inter-city rail
Number of lines 3
Headquarters Sacramento, California
Website Amtrak California
Began operation 1976
Reporting marks CDTX
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
[hide]Amtrak California Map
The two Amtrak California routes – Pacific Surfliner (green) and San Joaquin (blue). Other Amtrak routes in California are shown in black; the Capitol Corridor is shown in red. Non-Amtrak commuter rail lines shown in yellow.
Amtrak California (reporting mark CDTX) is a brand name used by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Rail on three state-supported Amtrak rail routes within the US State of California, the Capitol Corridor, the Pacific Surfliner, and the San Joaquin.
It also includes an extensive network of Thruway Motorcoach bus connections, operated by private companies under contract. The three lines shared the use of “Amtrak California” branded Thruway buses and trainsets.
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) assumed operation of almost all intercity passenger rail in the United States in 1971. Service in California, as in most of the United States, was basic and infrequent. In 1976 California began providing financial assistance to Amtrak.
At the same time, Caltrans Division of Rail was formed to oversee state-financed rail operations and the brand Amtrak California started appearing on state-supported routes.
In 1990, California passed Propositions 108 and 116, providing billion for transportation projects (.6 billion after inflation), with a large portion going to rail service. As a result, new locomotives and passenger cars were purchased by the state, and existing inter-city routes expanded.
A more distinct image for Amtrak California, such as painting locomotives and passenger cars in “California Color” of blue and yellow, was established with the arrival of new rolling stock.
In 1998, while still funded by the state, the management of the Capitol Corridor was transferred to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), formed by local jurisdictions of the line serves. In 2015 the management of the San Joaquin and the Pacific Surfliner were similarly transferred to the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN), respectively. As a result, the “Amtrak California” brand become less prominent in the websites and marketing materials.