The Rapido Trains F40PH-2D is based on diesels built between November 1986 and April 1989 by GMDD in London, Ontario. A total of 59 state-of-the-art F40PH-2D locomotives were purchased by VIA Rail Canada. Delivered in the trademark yellow VIA nose but with a light gray carbody featuring a blue banner stripe, they quickly became the mainstay of VIAs fleet and continue to be used on most services throughout the VIA network today, albeit rebuilt with a modified carbody from the 2009 remanufacturing program. This version of the F40PH-2D is the as-delivered body type.
•First ready-to-run F40PH-2D produced in HO scale 100% accurate Canadian details – this is not a stand-in!
•Full underframe detail including piping and conduit
•Numerous etched-metal parts including radiator grills
•Accurate Canadian roof fans with correct number of blades
•Full interior detail including desktop control stand
•Will operate smoothly on DC and DCC layouts
•Rapidos proven 5-pole, skew-wound motor and silky-smooth drive system
•Macdonald-Cartier metal knuckle couplers mounted at the correct height
•Numerous optional details such as an air conditioning unit, bug deflector, and etched-metal, later style air filter screens