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Owner: Via Rail Canada
Model:Bombardier LRCBuilt As:VIA 6904 (LRC)
Serial Number:M6109-05Order No:7002
Frame Number:Built:6/1981
Notes:LRC-2
Other locos with this serial:  VIA 6904(LRC)
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VIA 6904 at Windsor station ceremonial handover of first LRC train
Title:  VIA 6904 at Windsor station ceremonial handover of first LRC train
Description:  On July 1, 1981 the first LRC train was a ceremonially handed over VIA at Windsor Station. The LRC units were 6901 and 6904.
Photo Date:  7/1/1981  Upload Date: 4/25/2015 11:14:57 AM
Location:  Montreal, QC
Author:  Jim Sandilands
Categories:  Roster,Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  225   Comments: 0
VIA 6904 on #364--The International Limited
Title:  VIA 6904 on #364--The International Limited
Description: 
Photo Date:  2/26/1983  Upload Date: 6/18/2010 9:55:43 PM
Location:  Hammond, IN
Author:  Tom Golden
Categories: 
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  299   Comments: 0
VIA 6904 on #364--The International Limited
Title:  VIA 6904 on #364--The International Limited
Description: 
Photo Date:  5/21/1983  Upload Date: 8/13/2011 12:08:36 AM
Location:  Hammond, IN
Author:  Tom Golden
Categories: 
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  160   Comments: 0
VIA 6904
Title:  VIA 6904
Description: 
Photo Date:  3/26/1984  Upload Date: 3/15/2013 10:33:59 PM
Location:  Burlington, ON
Author:  Robert Farkas
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  261   Comments: 3
VIA 6904
Title:  VIA 6904
Description:  (Date approximate)
Photo Date:  4/12/1984  Upload Date: 4/28/2011 6:44:29 PM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Robert Farkas
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  235   Comments: 0
VIA LRC 6904
Title:  VIA LRC 6904
Description: 
Photo Date:  5/27/1984  Upload Date: 9/14/2007 11:12:14 PM
Location:  Bayview Jct, ON
Author:  Alan Gaines
Categories: 
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  375   Comments: 0
LRC and Tempo
Title:  LRC and Tempo
Description:  VIA 6904 leads a train of Tempo equipment out of Toronto Union Station.
Photo Date:  5/29/1984  Upload Date: 12/23/2015 6:51:21 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Jeffrey Dobek
Categories:  Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  60   Comments: 0
VIA RDC2 6214
Title:  VIA RDC2 6214
Description:  VIA RDC2 6214 and LRC 6904 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1984, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  8/8/1984  Upload Date: 6/28/2012 9:09:42 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  VIA 6214(RDC2) VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  280   Comments: 0
VIA LRC2 6904
Title:  VIA LRC2 6904
Description:  VIA Rail Canada LRC-2 6904 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1984, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This locomotive was built by Bombardier around 1980 (c/n 6109-05). The following is excerpted from the book, 'A Centennial Remembrance', by Richard T. Steinbrenner.

The LRC (Light Rapid Comfortable or Léger Rapide et Confortable) was a product of the Rail and Diesel Products Division of Le Entreprises de J. Armand Bombardier Ltee (Bombardier or BBD), which had purchased Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) in 1975, which in turn had been an Alco diesel locomotive licensee since 1948. The project began in 1972 as a joint venture between MLW, Alcan Canada Products, and Dominion Foundries and Steel Co. (DOFASCO). In 1973 MLW constructed a prototype locomotive and coach. The locomotive has a 12-cylinder Model 251F diesel which produced 2900 horsepower, 2000 hp for traction, 900 for auxiliary power (Head End Power, or HEP, for coach heat/air and lighting). The prototype tested for over a year at both the CNR Research Center and the US DOT Test Facility in Pueblo, CO. Although the tests were favorable, orders were not immediately forthcoming. In February 1977 Amtrak entered into a two-year lease-purchase agreement for two trainsets from the Canadian Government, which ordered them from Bombardier. The trainsets consisted of one locomotive and five cars, in accordance with MLW’s recommendation that a single locomotive was sufficient for five cars or less. As a result of the prototype testing, Bombardier made a number of significant design changes, one of which was the use of a 16-cylinder Model 251F diesel rated at 3725 hp, 2700 of which was available for traction. Amtrak’s order was scheduled for delivery in early 1979, but a seven month labor strike at Bombardier caused it to slip into 1980. Also in 1977, VIA Rail Canada, still in its formation stage, issued a solicitation for new high-speed trainsets. Bombardier was selected and an order for 10 trainsets (20 locomotives, 50 cars) was placed for delivery in 1980, but because of the strike, actual delivery began in mid-1981. A series of mechanical problems plagued initial service on the Montreal-Toronto, Montreal-Ottawa, and Toronto-Sarnia service delaying full-scale service into early 1982. VIA classed its trainsets as LRC-2 and numbered the locomotives in the 6900 series. Deliveries on this order were completed in 1982, and the following year VIA placed an order for an additional 10 locomotives and 50 cars, classed LRC-3. The second order was delivered in 1984, and locomotive #6930 had the distinction of being the final locomotive built by Bombardier for domestic service. All have since been retired.

Photo Date:  8/8/1984  Upload Date: 1/28/2011 11:19:16 AM
Location:  Toronto, ON
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  VIA 6904(LRC)
Views:  459   Comments: 1


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