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The program involves rebuilding six-axle AC-traction Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) SD70MAC freight locomotives, 1,109 of which were built by EMD between 1993 and 2004. Metra says all components will be refurbished, upgraded or replaced, and the locomotives will be modified for passenger operation. The remanufactured units will be designated SD70MACH.
In 2018, Metra acquired 24 FP59PHI passenger locomotives from Amtrak California at a price of $1.3 million each, which reduced the percentage of its 147-unit fleet in “marginal or poor condition” from around 70% to around 45%. The arrival of the SD70MACH fleet expected to reduce the figure to 14% by 2023.
Metra F59PHI, acquired from Amtrak California. Behind this unit is an MPI (Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower Industries) MP36PH-3S, of which Metra has 27, in heritage Milwaukee Road livery.
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