Tom6921 wrote:It's a shame they were scrapped. VIA should have donated one of them to a museum since they were the few E-units ever purchased by a Canadian RR.
I'm pretty sure Via never took ownership of them. I'm quite certain I've read that CPR offered at least one to some organization like the Canadian Railway Museum and they turned down the donation.
Sadly, I can't find any online referances to this. I'm guessing I might've read it in some publication like Railpace or Trains over the years.
Edit - This seems to state that Via took ownership of them, but then goes on to claim that Canadian Pacific when they were done decided not to donate one since they weren't significant and representative of CPR passenger diesels (Why would CPR be involved if they were Via owned?).
http://www.canadianrailwayobservations. ... O_0507.pdf
Also says something interesting about the scrapped unit that makes it sound like the damage it recieved was minor and it was only scrapped because CPR was trying to get out of the passenger business and didn't see a point in putting $5,000 into it to repair it.