A Visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park - What You Will See


General Motors "F" Units (CPR 4069 / ACR 1404 / CNR 6520)

Probably the most famous "face" of the streamliner era, the GM series of F unit models could be found throughout Canada and all over North America. WCRA has three examples.


General Motors F Units

 

CPR FP7A #4069 - This locomotive was built in 1952 for the Canadian Pacific Railway and had a long career hauling passenger trains (and freight) all across Canada. It served for many years pulling the famous transcontinental train The Canadian, and in later years commuter trains in Montreal. When VIA Rail was created, the unit transferred to VIA and became their 6569.
WCRA purchased the unit from VIA Rail Canada in 1995 and commenced a major restoration. On October 2, 1999 she emerged from the PGE Car Shop restored to her 1952 as built appearance and paint scheme as you see her today.

The 4069 is fully operational and mainline certified. She can regularly be found pulling our special event trains such as Polar Express and has starred in some movies and commercials over the years. She has been leased both by BC Rail and Rocky Mountaineer at times and has pulled many special excursion trains, also running several times with the Royal Hudson on some of its special outings.

Algoma Central FP7A #1404 - similar to 4069, this was originally a CPR locomotive and served in both CPR and VIA passenger service. It was purchased from VIA by the Algoma Central Railway (Ontario) and became their 1756. CN acquired that railway, and when the F units were retired, donated this unit to WCRA. WCRA has renumbered it back to its CPR 1404 number, but retained the Algoma Central paint scheme to date. It has been operated, but has some electrical faults so is currently on static display.

General Motors F Units

 

CNR FP9A #6520 - This locomotive was one of the last F units built by General Motors Diesel Division in London, Ontario and entered service on the Canadian National Railways in 1957. It pulled CNR passenger trains for many years, including the Super Continental (CNR's top train) and then went to VIA Rail Canada. After serving VIA, it went on to have a career in tourist railway service in Eastern Canada.

It was purchased by a benefactor and donated to WCRA, and travelled across Canada in 2014 to Squamish. The unit has been started up and is now operational, and a major restoration is currently underway that will see it emerge in its 1957 CNR colours. Target for completion is this year and fundraising is underway. (Don McQueen photo from 1961)

 

General Motors F Units

 

 


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