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Athearn - Item No. ATH15865
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N F59PHI Locomotive, SDRX #901

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Sound Transit, named after Washington’s Puget Sound region, operates 11 F59PHI locomotives in commuter service as part of its Sounder commuter rail line. Service began in September of 2000. Trains consist of Bombardier Bi-Level coaches and cab cars. Many of these units were repainted in the mid-2010s; this month’s offering reflects this new design. All of the F59PHIs have since been rebuilt to EPA Tier III specifications.

Non-sound locomotives are DCC ready

All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation

Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and pulling power


  • LED Lighting for realistic appearance
  • Non-sound locomotives are DCC ready
  • See through cab windows
  • McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Bi-directional constant lighting so headlight brightness remains consistent
  • All-wheel drive with precision gears for smooth and quiet operation
  • Heavy die-cast frame for greater traction and pulling power
  • All-wheel electrical pickup provides reliable current flow
  • 5-pole skew wound motor with precision-machined flywheels
  • Multi-link drive train for trouble free operation
  • Operates on Code 55 and 80 rail
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
  • Highly detailed, injection molded body
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Minimum radius: 9 3/4”


  • Onboard Econami Sound by SoundTraxx
  • Onboard DCC decoder with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound
  • Sound units operate in both DC and DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • Engine, horn, and bell sounds work in DC
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode
  • Excellent Slow speed control
  • Program a multiple unit (MU) lashup with lead unit only horn, bell, and lights
  • Many functions can be altered via Configuration Value (CV) changes


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The EMD F59PHI is a high speed locomotive produced by Electro-Motive Division (EMD) from 1994 to 2001. It features an isolated cab, lightweight body, and a streamlined shape, features that were absent on the original commuter F59PH.

First built for the California Department of Transportation(CDOT), the F59PHI has seen service in all four corners of America, (Mostly seen in California) as well as in the Pacific Northwest/Montreal area in Canada , and most recently Chicago’s METRA Railroad.

CDOT wanted a locomotive that was both reliable and attractive. They approached EMD, who responded with the lightweight, high-speed F59PHI locomotive. Soon after, more orders arrived. Amtrak ordered 21 of these locomotives for their Pacific Surfliner service (separate from Amtrak Cali- fornia).

The F59PHI was produced until 2001. It was taken off of EMD’s lineup because it wasn’t able to meet the EPA Tier 1 regulations.

Some of Amtrak California’s F59PHI’s have been rebuilt by EMD, these are ECO repowers.

Product Specs

Sub Brand
Minimum Radius
9.75" (248 mm)
2010-Present Day
Prototype Manufacturer
Reporting Mark
Full Road Name