BBDs of VIA Rail

The LRC-2 locomotives of VIA were in 2000 the prime power for Canadian passenger trains if one looked at the VIA ads and brochures. 6921 at Toronto Union station at 6:45 am on June 1st, 2000 waiting for the 7:00 am departure of train 52 to Montréal.
The idling noise (mp3 @ 78 k) of the 16-251F is downright deafening.

Rolf Stumpf photo
VIA 6921

The days of the LRCs were over in 2001. VIA has received 21 GE P42-DC that also replaced the remaining seven LRC units.

Scheduled LRC-hauled trains as of May 2000 (info by Alun Williams):

Montréal - Quebec corridor

train no. 20 22 24 26
Montréal 0650 1230 1600 1755
Québec 0950 1523 1851 2043
train no. 21 23 25 27
Québec 0620 0820 1310 1735
Montréal 0906 1114 1604 2042

Toronto/Oakville - Montréal corridor:

train no. 52 66
Oakville 0625 -
Toronto 0700 1700
Montréal 1153 2106
train no. 53 67
Montréal 0630 1700
Toronto 1059 2105
Oakville - 2136

VIA's F40 could appear on those workings as did occur on the 1600 Quebec train on June 1st 2000. Otherwise appeared an LRC unit on a train to Ottawa as experienced by Alun Williams in May 2000.

VIA 6917 Montreal LRC 6917 leaves Montréal with train 22 to Québec on time, June 1st, 2000.

Rolf Stumpf photo
VIA 6917 side view The same train's lead unit is a side view.
Those were the times when the classic FPA4 was all over VIA's passenger network. 6771 basks in the sun at Windsor, Ont., 1985.
The unit is now Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR no. 15 and operating from Independence, Ohio.

Nick Chase photo

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