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Owner: Via Rail Canada
Model:MLW FPA4Built As:CN 6784 (FPA4)
Serial Number:83162Order No:4409
Frame Number:Built:4/1959
Notes:ex-CN 6784
Other locos with this serial:  VIA 6784(FPA4) CN 6784(FPA4)
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Via 6784 Toronto ON September 1978
Title:  Via 6784 Toronto ON September 1978
Description: 
Photo Date:  9/1/1978  Upload Date: 11/19/2006 7:05:53 PM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Randy Kotuby
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  VIA 6784(FPA4)
Views:  535   Comments: 0
VIA FPA4 6784
Title:  VIA FPA4 6784
Description: 
Photo Date:  5/27/1984  Upload Date: 8/3/2013 7:04:50 PM
Location:  Bayview Junction, ON
Author:  Alan Gaines
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  VIA 6784(FPA4)
Views:  103   Comments: 0
VIA FPA4 6784
Title:  VIA FPA4 6784
Description:  VIA Rail FPA4 6784 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1984, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  8/8/1984  Upload Date: 6/4/2014 11:57:33 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  VIA 6784(FPA4)
Views:  149   Comments: 0
VIA FPA4 6784
Title:  VIA FPA4 6784
Description:  VIA FPA-4 6784 ( c/n 83162 ) at Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1984, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  8/8/1984  Upload Date: 10/11/2018 10:25:54 PM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives:  VIA 6784(FPA4)
Views:  30   Comments: 0
VIA FPA4 6784
Title:  VIA FPA4 6784
Description:  VIA Rail FPA4's 6784, 6780 and 6787 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1984, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Pictured are FPA-4's #'s 6784 and 6780, with 6787 in the background. They were all products of the Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), an Alco licensee, built in 1958-59 for the Canadian National (CN). When VIA Rail Canada came into existence April 1, 1978, much of the CN's passenger rolling stock was conveyed over the VIA (originally VIA CN) to operate over 150 scheduled trains per week. The following is excerpted from the book, 'A Centennial Remembrance', by Richard T. Steinbrenner.

The FPA-4 represents the final FA design, combining the efforts of MLW (assembly), the Canadian General Electric Company Ltd. (electrical equipment), and the Dominion Engineering Works Ltd. of Lachine, Quebec (diesel prime mover). While MLW had produced FA-1/FB-1 and FA-2/FB-2 (and the passenger FPA-2/FPB-2) models for both the CN and CPR, only MLW produced the FPA-4/FPB-4 model. In the mid-1950's, as the march to 100% dieselization in the US was nearing completion, the Canadian railroads still had a way to go. Therefore, MLW's introduction of the Model 251 powered locomotive line found a more favorable market opportunity. In 1958, MLW introduced the passenger cab unit version of the RS-18, the FPA-4/FPB-4. At the time, the CN was in the midst of its final drive to dieselize its long distance and intercity passenger service, acquiring large numbers of locomotives from both GMD and MLW. The CN obtained 34 FPA-4's and 12 FPB-4's in 1958-59. Without a doubt, the most successful FA/FB's of all, these 90 mph passenger locomotives ran for 30 years on the high speed Montreal-Toronto corridor, from Montreal to the Maritimes and to the west from Toronto to Windsor and Sarnia. When VIA Rail Canada took over intercity passenger service, the FPA-4/FPB-4 operations expanded to CPR lines in Ontario to Sudbury and across Maine to St, John, NB. Their high speed prowess, though, could best be seen in Montreal-Toronto service. The CNR's first purchase of MLW passenger diesels consisted of six FPA-2's and six FPB-2's in 1955. In 1959, two FPA-2's and two FPB-2's were upgraded with Model 251B diesel engines, and renumbered immediately below the FPA-4/FPB-4 number blocks of 6760/6860 and above. The only external difference between the upgraded FPA-2/FPB-2's and the FPA-4/FPB-4's was the difference in the air brake system intercooler position. The FPA-2/FPB-2's intercooler heat exchanger was positioned on the unit's rear, as on all FA-2/FB-2's. The intercoolers on the FPA-4/FPB-4 were on each side immediately below the radiator housing, as indicated by the short Farr-Aire grill panel, and a spotting feature.

Photo Date:  8/8/1984  Upload Date: 1/24/2011 6:58:16 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  VIA 6784(FPA4) VIA 6780(FPA4) VIA 6787(FPA4)
Views:  900   Comments: 0
VIA FPA4 6784
Title:  VIA FPA4 6784
Description:  VIA FPA-4 6786 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1984, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 6786 was built by MLW in April 1959 ( c/n 83164 ) as CN 6786.
Photo Date:  8/8/1984  Upload Date: 10/11/2018 11:32:14 PM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives:  VIA 6784(FPA4)
Views:  31   Comments: 0


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