GO Transit 600-666

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GO Transit 600-666 are MPI MP40PH-3C locomotives. The first order (MPI order 2901-2927), 600-626, were built in 2007 and 2008, and are to date the largest single order of motive power purchased by GO Transit. The second order (MPI order 2109-01 to -20) is numbered 627-646, and was ordered in the middle of 2008. A third order for 10 units (MPI order 2109-21 to -30), numbered 647-656 was delivered by early 2011. 657-666 was delivered between 2013 and 2014. They feature GO's new two tone livery.

At their July 2008 board meeting, GO's board of directors approved an additional order for 20 units from MPI. While details were not released, it was assumed that they would be more MP40PH-3C's, and numbered above the first 27. The order, indeed for more MP40PH-3Cs, began delivery late 2009 and continued into July 2010 as expected. GO's board at their March 2009 meeting authorized the taking of an option for 10 more units.

Powered by a 4000hp 16-cylinder EMD 710G3B-EFI-T2 and equipped with a 1000hp Caterpillar C27-ACERT HEP package, the MP40PH-3C's are the first locomotives ordered by GO able to supply power to a 12-car train by themselves. They are also faster, being geared for a maximum of 93mph. This series is equipped with 1,850 US gallon fuel tanks.

They are also equipped with a 2-setting HEP system, capable of providing GO's standard 575vAC on either a single of the two HEP buses or on both.

Units were delivered via Union Pacific to Chicago, where they were interchanged with Canadian Pacific and sent east to Toronto, initially via Norfolk Southern trackage to Detroit and then on CP's own rails from Detroit eastward. All units were transported under MPEX reporting marks until on GO property and in service.

The Georgetown South Project has allowed for more traffic along the Georgetown Corridor as well as the Union Pearson Express. Prior to the project's completion, GO Transit conducted an environmental assessment with respect to electrification of the corridor. They identified that it would not happen until the late 2010s, and found that in the interim, using Tier 4 compliant locomotives would sufficiently mitigate health effects from emissions. GO Transit planned to have one MP40 locomotive converted to use a Cummins QSK95[1] Tier 4 engine and act as a prototype to test in 2012/2013. Ten more MP40 locomotives would then be be converted in time for use in 2015. A request for proposals closed in June 2011 for the prototype, and unit 647 was sent back to Boise for conversion.[2] It was later announced that dual Cummins QSK60 diesel engines would be substituted for the single QSK95 after Cummins could not guarantee that the engine would be rail-certified in time. [3] Unit 647, now given the model designation MP54AC, was not completed until 2015 and was delivered to Toronto in November of that year.

The first order of units is equipped with GO's usual Nathan Airchime K5LA 5-chime horns, however later batches were fitted with the newly developed Nathan Airchime K5CA-LS and eventually this horn replaced the K5LA's on the first batch as well. To comply with new Transport Canada regulations, this dual-tone horn was developed with two different air chambers. While the K5LA was composed of a 1, 2, 3A, 4A and 5 bell, the new K5CA-LS has a 1L, 1, 3, 3B and 4 bell. [4] Nathan's manufacturing intention was to have the first three bells play in 'soft' mode, while all five bells play at full blast in 'emergency' mode. [5] However, the 'soft' mode usually only plays the 1L and 1, or the 3B and 4. The 3B and 4 combination produces a highly discordant high pitched sound many are familiar with.

Unit 607 from the first order was the first GO locomotive to be painted in the new "Metrolinx" two-tone green and white livery in July 2013, along with bilevel 2445.

A livery change during the order for units 657-666 saw already painted 657-661 delivered in the former scheme, while units 662-666 were delivered in the new "Metrolinx" livery. A prominent difference from earlier orders is the slightly different exhaust silencer area on these units.

Orders

Fleet
numbers
Build
date
Serial
numbers
600-626 2006-2008 2405-01 to -27
627-646 2009-2010 0308-01 to -20
647-656[Note 1] 2010-2011 0308-21 to -30
657-666 2013-2014
  1. 647-656 exercised option for 10 more units on second order.

Details

Fleet
#
Thumbnail Date Serial
number
Livery Notes
600 GO Transit 600-b.jpg 2006 2405-01 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png
  • First unit built, sent to FRA-TTC in Pueblo, NM for testing and confirmation of requirements.
  • Entered revenue service September 27, 2008.
601 GO Transit 601-a.jpg May 2007 2405-02 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png
  • Was shipped to Toronto for APTA-Heavy Rail conference in June 2007. Returned to MPI for completion following the conference.
  • Delivered to GO in February 2008.
  • Entered service April 16, 2008.
602 GO Transit 602-a.jpg May 2007 2405-03 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png
  • First completed unit delivered.
  • First entered service February 14, 2008.
603 GO Transit 603-b.jpg 2007 2405-04 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service February 23, 2008.
604 GO Transit 604-a.jpg 2007 2405-05 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service March 9, 2008.
605 GO Transit 605-a.jpg 2007-08 2405-06 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service March 9, 2008.
606 GO Transit 606-a.jpg 2007-08 2405-07 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service April 26, 2008.
607 GO Transit 607-a.JPG 2007-08 2405-08 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png
  • Entered service May 3, 2008.
  • First locomotive in new Metrolinx livery, repainted July 2013.
608 GO Transit 608-a.jpg March 2008 2405-09 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service May 1, 2008.
609 GO Transit 609-a.jpg 2008 2405-10 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service July 7, 2008.
610 April 2008 2405-11 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png
  • Entered service July 12, 2008.
  • Damaged in derailment at Richmond Hill on October 4, 2010.
611 GO Transit 611-a.jpg July 2008 2405-12 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service September 20, 2008.
612 GO Transit 612-a.jpg 2008 2405-13 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service August 23, 2008.
613 GO Transit 613-a.jpg 2008 2405-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service September 10, 2008.
614 GO Transit 614-a.jpg 2008 2405-15 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service September 20, 2008.
615 GO Transit 615-a.jpg 2008 2405-16 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png
  • Entered service September 20, 2008.
  • Repainted in two-tone livery by February 2016.
616 September 2008 2405-17 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service October 4, 2008.
617 2008 2405-18 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service October 27, 2008.
618 GO Transit 618-a.jpg 2008 2405-19 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service November 1, 2008.
619 GO Transit 619-a.jpg 2008 2405-20 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service November 6, 2008.
620 GO Transit 620-a.jpg 2008 2405-21 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service November 4, 2008.
621 GO Transit 621-a.jpg 2008 2405-22 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service November 14, 2008.
622 GO Transit 622-a.jpg 2008 2405-23 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service January 1, 2009.
623 GO Transit 623-a.jpg 2008 2405-24 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered January 2, 2009.
624 GO Transit 624-a.jpg 2008 2405-25 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service July 30, 2008.
625 GO Transit 625-a.jpg 2008 2405-26 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service August 30, 2008
626 GO Transit 626-a.jpg 2008 2405-27 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service September 27, 2008.
627 GO Transit 627-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-01 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png
  • Delivered February 19th-21st, 2010.
  • Entered service March 4, 2010.
628 GO Transit 628-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-02 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered Service February 24th?.
629 2009-10 0308-03 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service April 1, 2010.
630 GO Transit 630-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-04 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid-May 2010.
631 GO Transit 631-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-05 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid-May 2010.
632 GO Transit 632-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-06 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid-May 2010.
633 GO Transit 633-A.png April 2010 0308-07 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid-May 2010.
634 2009-10 0308-08 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service June 2010.
635 GO Transit 635-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-09 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service June 2010.
636 GO Transit 636-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-10 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service June 2010.
637 GO Transit 637-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-11 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service June 2010.
638 GO Transit 638-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-12 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service June 2010.
639 2009-10 0308-13 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service June 2010.
640 GO Transit 640-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid July 2010.
641 GO Transit 641-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-15 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid July 2010.
642 GO Transit 642-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-16 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid July 2010.
643 GO Transit 643-a.jpg June 2010 0308-17 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid July 2010.
644 GO Transit 644-a.jpg June 2010 0308-18 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Entered service mid July 2010.
645 GO Transit 645-a.jpg 2009-10 0308-19 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
646 2009-10 0308-20 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
647 2010-11 0308-21 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png
  • Delivered.
  • Sent back to MPI in Boise in May 2012 for conversion to meet EPA Tier IV emissions regulations.
  • 2 Cummins QSK60 engine, and will be rated for traction 5400hp.
  • Returned to GO in November, 2015.
648 2010-11 0308-22 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
649 GO Transit 649-a.jpg 2010-11 0308-23 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
650 GO Transit 650-a.jpg October 2010 0308-24 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
651 2010-11 0308-25 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
652 GO Transit 652-b.jpg 2010-11 0308-26 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png
  • Delivered.
  • Caught fire on January 7, 2019.[6]
653 2010-11 0308-27 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
654 2010-11 0308-28 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
655 GO Transit 655-a.jpg 2010-11 0308-29 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered.
656 GO Transit 656-a.jpg 2010-11 0308-30 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Delivered
657 GO Transit 657-a.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
658 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
659 GO Transit 659-a.png 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
660 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
661 GO Transit 661-a.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive New Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
662 GO Transit 662-a.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
663 GO Transit 663-a.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
664 GO Transit 664-a.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png
  • Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
  • Used in rail safety ads
665 GO Transit 665-b.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.
666 GO Transit 666-c.jpg 2013-14 GO Transit Rail Locomotive Two Tone Livery.png Unit built to meet EPA Tier III emissions regulations.

References

  1. Cummins to produce Tier 4 compliant diesel engine Railway Gazette. 2 November 2011 (Sutton). Retrieved on 2011-12-18
  2. Georgetown South Project: Human Health Mitigation Plan Feedback – June 2 to July 4, 2011, gotransit.com, retrieved on 2011-12-18
  3. MotivePower to repower Metrolinx locomotives with new engines railway-technology.com. 16 August 2012. Retrieved on 2012-11-27
  4. Canadian Railroads > Canadian locomotive horn requirement trainorders.com. 26 May 2015. Retrieved on 2016-06-08
  5. MODEL K5-CA-LS - THREE CHIME SOFT (NORMAL) AND FIVE CHIME LOUD (EMERGENCY) NATHANAIRCHIME. Retrieved on 2016-06-08
  6. GO train evacuated after catching fire near Distillery District, CP24, published January 7, 2019.


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