The EMD (Electro Motive Division) F59PHI is a type of four-axle, 12-cylinder, 3,000hp diesel locomotive built from 1994 to 2001 with 83 built. It is essentially the successor to the F40PH, though like its predecessor, the model was intended for commuter service, yet eventually found its way in operation for Amtrak Cascades service in the Pacific Northwest.

It is the more refined version of the cowl-bodied F59PH.

Amtrak (AMTK), Sounder Transit, Metrolink (SCAX),


In an attempt to improve the less-favored Canadian-cab design of the preceding model, Amtrak and EMD partnered to develop a new high-speed passenger diesel locomotive equipped with a more attractive streamlined cowl body for use on their newly-established Pacific Surfliner West Coast commuter train services in Southern California. After extensive tests and demonstration runs, the new locomotive made its first successful run in 1994. The F59PHI was built with an isolated cab to improve comfort and increase the overall speed while reducing wind drag.

After acquiring a fleet of units of the previous model, Metrolink settled on a plethora of F59PHI units for services between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Current OperatorsEdit

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner (Division of Amtrak California)

Amtrak San Joaquin (Amtrak California)

Amtrak Cascades (Washington state and Oregon)

NCDOT Piedmont (North Carolina)

AMT (AMTL; Quebec)

Metrolink (SCAX; California)

North County Transit District (Coaster, California)

Sounder Commuter Rail (Washington state)

Trinity Railway Express (Texas)

West Coast Express (British Columbia)

Specifications Edit

Model F59PH F59PHI
Production Dates 1988-1994 1994-2001
Total Built 73 83
Length 58' 2" 58' 7"
Wheel Arrangement B-B B-B
Engine 12-710G3B 12-710G3B-EC
Horsepower 3,000 3,000
Alternator AR15/CA5 AR15/CA6
Traction Motors D87B D87BTR
Weight 1,000 lbs. 260,000 268,000

Trivia/Facts Edit

Gallery Edit

Sources Edit