Special VIA liveries:
The second F40 to be wrapped was #6429. In 1992, the unit was wrapped by Home Hardware for a promotion. The unit remained in that livery for 10 years. While it was the Home Hardware unit, I was able to get some photos of it.
Next, VIA wrapped a half dozen units for Kool-Aid, a popular sugary fruit beverage. Unfortunately, I never photographed any of those units until after they had had their liveries removed. So, I have included a Microsoft Train Simulator screenshot of F40 #6433 to show what the Kool-Aid scheme looked like.
In 2002, VIA finally removed 6429’s Home Hardware wrap, but they wrapped it in a livery to advertise Telus, a phone/internet company. I’ve photographed it a few times and I’ve heard at least one person call the unit “The booger”! 6429 was rebuilt in 2010 and lost the ad.
Also in 2002, it was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s
50th anniversary. To celebrate this, VIA wrapped F40 #6403 in a
special promotional scheme. The unit led a special train across
Some point later, VIA wrapped F40 #6411 into a livery promoting Operation Lifesaver and Direction 2006. I was able to photograph that unit on a couple occasions.
6411 was rebuilt in late 2010 to early 2011 and lost the ad.
In 2004, with the release of Spiderman 2, VIA wrapped F40s #6401, 6406, 6408, 6413, 6424, and 6434 in a livery promoting the movie. They even had a contest called “Spot the Spiderman train” where you could win a trip. I entered, but didn’t win. For the longest time, four of the units still wore the Spiderman 2 livery: 6401, 6406, 6408, and 6434. Perhaps with the upcoming release of Spiderman 3, those units may stay wrapped for a while yet. In 2010, three units were rebuilt leaving 6408 the last unit with the wrap.
2005, Budweiser paid to have a unit wrapped for a promotional “Superbowl
Tailgate train” which was run to
wrap was for a
VIA wrapped F40s 6445 and 6408, (the last Spiderman 2 unit) for Coors light
beer. These units haven’t been rebuilt yet. They did that for a special train
using VIA equipment called the “Silver Bullet Express.” I caught the equipment
deadheading west on the Canadian and back east. Since 6408 was trailing, its
wrap is apparently slight different then the wrap on 6445 so I included shots
of both units. After returning to
stint as the Coors Light unit, 6445 roamed the VIA network for a few months. It
then went in for rebuild. After the unit was rebuilt, it became the first rebuilt
F40 to be wrapped. It was done up in a special livery for the 100th
Grey Cup game and lead a train of wrapped coaches across Canada carrying CFL
memorabilia and the actual grey cup. I photographed the train when it pulled
into Union station next to the Maple Leaf on my 2012
It remains to be seen which units will be wrapped next.