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Bombardier ALP-45DP

The ALP-45DP, as the name suggests, is a dual power (electro-diesel) 4-axle locomotive designed and built by Bombardier Transportation in Germany. It is derived from the earlier electric ALP-46, which is ultimately based on the Deutsche BahnClass 101.

Unlike the typical diesel-electric locomotives in North America, the ALP-45DP use two Caterpillar 3512C HD high-speed 4-stroke V12 diesel engines which rev up to 1,800 rpm (North American units use medium-speed diesel engines and typically rev up to 900 rpm). These engines are each rated at a maximum of 2,100 hp or 1,566 kW. In electric mode, the maximum rated output of the ALP-45DP is 5,900 hp or 4,400 kW. Also different from other European locomotives, the ALP-45DP has only one cab. It is also only fitted with one pantograph at opposite of the cab end. The top speed of this locomotive is 125 mph (201 km/h) in electric mode and 100 mph (161 km/h) in diesel mode.

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The FT, a freight locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between 1939 and 1945, is the first model in the famous and hugely successful F-unit. With its streamlined, beautiful bulldog nose design and highly reliable service, the F-unit soon became the standard equipment on North American railroads and the icon of North American railroading.

The FT was designed to consist of a cab-equipped A unit permanently coupled with a cab-less booster B unit. The two units together have 8 axles in total and produce 2,700 hp (2 MW). An option of semi-permanently coupled A-B-A sets was also available. Multiple sets of the FT can work together and be control from one cab using multiple-unit cables and many railroads have used the FT back to back in an A-B-B-A formation.

Some of the later F-units have steam generators added and used to haul passenger trains including the famous transcontinental passenger trains, The Canadian and the Super Continental.

Bombardier BiLevel Coaches

The bilevel coaches and cab cars were originally built by Hawker-Siddeley in Thunder Bay, Ontario first entered service in 1976. They were designed for the Government of Ontario Transit, now Canada’s largest passenger rail carrier, by both miles of track owned and ridership. The bilevel coaches are easily identifiable by their tapered ends. There are a total of 7 series of the bilevel coaches built to date. Series 1 through 5 were built by Hawker-Siddeley and UTDC with riveted alumni body on steel frame, while the Bombardier Series 6 and 7 featured welded alumni body.

Soon after its introduction, the bilevel car became the standard equipment for many commuter railroads across North America. Today, 13 commuter railroads in 7 States and 3 Provinces operate a total of 1,038 bilevel coaches and cab cars, of which GO Transit owns 490. The bilevel coaches seat between 136 and 162 depending on configuration and are designed to carry up to 360 passengers per car. They each have a washroom on b…