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A Revolutionary Commuter Workhorse

In the mid eighties, GO Transit was looking to replace its aging locomotive fleet with a specially designed locomotive that could meet the growing demands for service across the Greater Toronto Area. The locomotive needed to be able to quickly accelerate while pulling up to 10 of the new Hawker-Siddeley/UTDC BiLevel coaches, and to save on fuel, power them with a separate HEP generator.

In close consultation with GO Transit, GMD developed the F59PH. Equipped with a turbocharged 12-cylinder two-stroke diesel prime mover (12-710G3A), a full-width North American comfort cab, with HEP provided by a smaller 600hp GM 8-cylinder diesel.

In 1988, GMD delivered the first sixteen F59PH units to GO Transit. They were numbered 520 to 535 and given a class designation of GCE-430g. Over the next 6 years, GMD delivered an additional 33 units to GO Transit, with some improvements, including a larger fuel tank and different rear grille arrangement. In 1994, the final four units were delivered to GO, but were very quickly sold to Dallas’ Trinity Railway Express by the cash-strapped Ontario government. Other surplus locomotives were leased to West Coast Express in British Columbia and Metrolink in California.

Proof that a GO F59PH can run on any layout - even one set in California

Photo courtesy Joe Blackwell

 

Photo courtesy Dan Darnell

Due to the success of the locomotives with GO Transit, Metrolink in California placed an order for 22 F59PHs, which were delivered between 1992 and 1993. Metrolink would later lease an additional 3 units in 2018 from LTEX, to allow for PTC upgrades to be made to their own units. These are ex. GO units.

In 2007, GO Transit began retiring its fleet of F59PHs and replacing them with the MPI MP40PH-3C. Many were sold to other railroads, including AMT, Metra, NCDOT, and RB Railway Group. However, GO still has several units in service to supplement the new fleet of MP40PHs and MP54ACs.

Model Features

  • Scaled from field measurements & diagrams of a GO F59PH
  • End metal handrails with plastic stanchions
  • Incredible underframe details including traction motor cables and other piping, and a ridiculous number of separately applied parts
  • All-metal etched grilles
  • Full cab interior
  • Heavy, die-cast chassis with Rapido’s NEW coreless motor with dual flywheels and silky-smooth drive
  • Operating headlights, rear light, and ditch lights
  • GO units feature functioning tri-color class lights (white, green and red)
  • American units feature functioning red marker lights
  • Accurate sounds recorded from a GM 12-710G3A
  • DCC/Sound units come equipped with an ESU LokSound decoder

Photo courtesy Craig Walker

Photo courtesy Craig Walker

Photo courtesy David Vincent

Pre-Production Sample Photos

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Please note: Prices are subject to change due to pending licensing agreements. Some prices higher due to difference in licensing costs.

GO Transit (Delivery)

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
  • Original offset horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
  • Original offset horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
  • Original offset horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
  • Original offset horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • Late paint scheme w/ white frame stripe
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
  • Roof-top horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • Late paint scheme w/ white frame stripe
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
  • Roof-top horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • Late paint scheme w/ white frame stripe
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
  • Roof-top horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

Detail Variations:
  • Late paint scheme w/ white frame stripe
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
  • Roof-top horn
  • Optional Rooftop A/C unit
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

 

GO Transit (Special Logo)

Detail Variations:
  • Experimental Logo (same concept as bus fleet)
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$399.95

USD Price

$349.95

 

Metra

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

Metrolink Phase I (Delivery)

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered paint scheme
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

Metrolink Phase II (Teal Stripe)

Detail Variations:
  • Early "Stripe" repaint
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Early "Stripe" repaint
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Early "Stripe" repaint
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

Metrolink Phase III (Ribbon)

Detail Variations:
  • Modern "Ribbon" scheme
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Modern "Ribbon" scheme
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Modern "Ribbon" scheme
  • Phase II carbody
  • Large fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

AMT (3-stripe)

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

Trinity Rail Express (Lone Star Blue)

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered "Lone Star" paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered "Lone Star" paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

Detail Variations:
  • As-delivered "Lone Star" paint scheme
  • Phase I carbody
  • Small fuel tank
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

Ex. GO Lease Unit

Detail Variations:
  • Phase I carbody
  • Decal artwork available for customers to customize and print
CAD Price

$359.95

USD Price

$335.00

 

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