Re: Silver Streak Locomotive question
Author: Swamp Guinea
Date: 06-09-2018 - 16:16
Don B Wrote:
> Were Canadian E units used in the 1976 movie
> Silver Streak?
AmRoad FP7A #4070 is actually Canadian Pacific #4070. She was built by the General Motors Diesel Division in London, Ontario September 1952 for the Canadian Pacific. She carries Serial #A371 and Frame #C147-A5. When built, she was used to haul Canadian Pacific’s, and Canada’s Premier passenger train, “The Canadian.” In the Mid 1970’s, Canada go their own form of Amtrak, Via Rail Canada, and the locomotive was sent over to Montreal, Quebec to operate the Commuter Service. When Canadian Pacific pulled out of the Commuter Operations in Montreal, the locomotive was sold to the new Operator, STCUM. She became STCUM #1300, and stayed with the company during the entire duration of STCUM. In the late 1990’s, STCUM was replaced with Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, and again, the locomotive had a new owner. However, AMT decided to replace the aging F-units and in the late 1990’s, the Locomotive was officially retired. The locomotive still survives, however, she is Non-operational and currently stored in Vallee Jonction, QC.
The second locomotive used in the Film Silver Streak, was not so lucky. She was built for the Candian Pacific railway by the General Motors Diesel Division with Serial #A368 and frame #C147-A2. Like the 4070, was too was built to haul Canadian Pacific’s premier train. When Via Rail Canada took over all passenger operations in the mid 1970’s, the locomotive was sold to Via. There, she became Via #1423. In 1982, the locomotive was re-sold back to the Canadian Pacific and she was set aside, not for preservation or to be used in pulling trains, but she was set aside as a parts source. She was finally cut up for scrap in 1984 at the Canadian Pacific Shops in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.