Gene Wilder, in my opinion, is one of the best comedy actors out there. Gene Wilder plays an editor going from LA to Chicago on “AmRoads” train, the “Silver Streak.” He gets caught up, think hes been framed for murder, meets up with a thief, Grover (played by Richard Pryor) and ends up on a a Runaway Train that Crashes through Union Station in Chicago! The movie is always good for a good laugh! Even though the train is supposed to be running along a route similar to the Santa Fe’s, the train is actually running through Canada! That’s because Amtrak was still in its formative years and they were fearful that the movie would bring a bad image to the very young Amtrak. That’s beside the point, lets get on to the locomotives of Silver Streak!
Lets get on to the Locomotives, Starting with lead unit, “AmRoad 4070”
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.
Here’s a photo of the Amroad 4070 during her Candian Pacific Days: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1646665
Here’s a photo of the AmRoad 4070 during her STCUM days: http://www.myrailfan.com/collection/AMT/AMT_1300/img.aspx?ID=AMT_1300_STLUC_2W.jpg
Here’s a Photo of the AmRoad 4070 during her AMT days: http://www.myrailfan.com/collection/AMT/AMT_1300/img.aspx?ID=AMT1300Will.jpg
Here’s a photo of the AmRoad 4070 as she looks today: http://www.myrailfan.com/collection/AMT/AMT_1300/img.aspx?ID=AMT_1300_JONCTION_1.jpg
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.
Here’s a photo of AmRoad 4067 a few years after she was built: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=806150
Here’s a photo of AmRoad 4067 after repainting in the then current CP paint scheme (You can see where the AmRoad logo was): http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=591613
I have been unable to locate ANY photos of the locomotive during her service on Via Rail Canada!
Again, I hope you enjoyed the latest installment of The CineTrains Project! I hope that you keep on coming back and reading more about trains in the movies and on Television! If you have any ideas you want to pass along to me, just find out out to contact me in the Submitting Ideas section of the page! Happy Railfanning!