The locomotive number is 451 (Item #15352). The EMD F59PHI is a high speed locomotive produced by Electro-Motive Division (EMD) from 1994 to 2001. It features an isolated cab, lightweight body, and a streamlined shape, features that were absent on the original commuter F59PH. First built for the California Department of Transportation(CDoT), the F59PHI has seen service in all four corners of America, (Mostly seen in California) as well as in the Pacific Northwest/Montreal area in Canada.
In 1990, the State of California passed a bill that would result in massive funding for the state transportation systems. It also resulted in a separate, state funded system of regional Amtrak routes.CDoT wanted a locomotive that was both reliable and attractive. They approached EMD, who responded with the lightweight, high-speed F59PHI locomotive. Soon after, more orders arrived. Amtrak ordered 21 of these locomotives for their Pacific Surfliner service (separate from Amtrak California), and the North Carolina Department of Transportation also selected it as their primary motive power. West Coast Express (operated by TransLink) in Metro Vancouver, also selected it for starting up its service. Montreals Agence de Metropolitaine de Transport bought 11 of these locomotives to go with their Bombardier Bi-Level coaches, which were just arriving. The F59PHI was produced until 2001. It was taken off of EMDs lineup because it wasnt able to meet the EPA Tier 1 regulations.
Some of Amtrak Californias F59PHIs have been rebuilt by EMD, these are ECO repowers. Sound Transits 2015 budget outlines plans to overhaul seven F59s and four of those will be overhauled to Tier 3 standards.
Amtrak began a campaign for better rail-safety awareness in the late 2000s. Several locomotives in Northern California (CDTX 2007) and Southern California (AMTK 455) service received these stylistic, full body printed, vinyl wraps. These locomotives provided a splash of color with their eye catching graphics. LED Lighting for realistic appearance.
Non-sound locomotives are DCC ready. Highly detailed, injection molded body. Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent.All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation. Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and more pulling power.
5-pole skew wound motor with weighted and balanced flywheels. Multi-link drive train for trouble free operation. Clear plastic jewel box for convenient storage.
Operates on Code 55 and 80 rail. Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound. Sound units operate in both DC and DCC.Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode. Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC. All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode. Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights.
Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes. CV chart included in the box.Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years. A great addition for any N scale enthusiast & m. However, we may not be able to identify all defects. Please visit us at: Hobby Time Hobby Shop. Hobby Time ships Monday through Friday excluding US holidays. The difference often varies 24 hours or more. Once an order has been processed it cannot be canceled. The item "F59PHI Locomotive withDCC & Sound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner #451 Athearn #15352" is in sale since Wednesday, April 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\N Scale\Locomotives". The seller is "my-hobby" and is located in Amarillo, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Australia.