By GreenCompany | July 22, 2009
The VIA Rail Canada’s Montreal Maintenance Centre has taken delivery of the first of 54 rebuilt F-40 locomotives from CAD Railway Industries. CAD Railway Industries is located in Lachine, Québec and was awarded a $100 million rebuild contract for VIA Rail Canada. Not only will these new locomotives be friendlier to the environment, they are helping to create 125 new jobs in the process.
The rebuilt F-40 locomotives will feature new technologies that will reduce the fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 12 percent. Furthermore, the newer F-40 fleet will see fuel savings of some five million litres per year. Train enthusiasts will be able to easily spot these greener locomotives by their distinctive green, silver and gold paint jobs. The sides of the locomotives will also feature the slogan, “A Green Choice.”
By refurbishing rather than replacing the 54 F-40 diesel-electric locomotives, VIA Rail has extended the expected lifespan of the locomotives by another 15 to 20 years while costing less than half the cost of buying new replacements.
From Toronto also comes news that via Canada’s Economic Action Plan, VIA is bringing forth an expanded passenger rail service between Toronto and Montreal. The project worth $300 million improves infrastructure at eight locations and help increase capacity. This expansion of service will also further reliability on routes connecting Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
VIA has seen a bit of an upturn in usage amongst Canadian travelers as not only did they create a record for revenue in 2008, they transported 4.6 million passengers – the most since 1989.