I was recently reading an article from the book Diesels in the Maritimes and Newfoundland, by Roger G. Steed........of the last run of CP Rail's Atlantic Limited, Train # 40, Montreal to St. John, New Brunswick, powered by FP9A, # 1422. The date of the last train to terminate in Saint John was October 28, 1979 @ 8 am. Later that same day VIA began it's Halifax-Moncton-Saint John-Montreal service.
Engine 1422 was rebuilt for VIA Rail and renumbered, 6566. It was to have a tragic end.
On February 08th, 1986, it was the lead unit of eastbound VIA RAIL # 4, when it collided with a westbound CN RAIL freight, 11 miles east of Hinton, Alberta. In total, 23 people lost their lives, including 16 passengers and 7 CN employees.