August 2011

On July 4th, Michael Harding photographed CP 241 at the Thames River bridge Woodstock, Ontario.  CP ES44AC 8726 leads CP 9638, CP 5987, CP 5984 and CP 5764, with Pittock Lake in the background.

Bryant Brooten captured this terrific multi-coloured EMD lash-up the second week of July.  SOO SD60 6057, CP SD40-2 6055, SOO SD60 6027, and SD40-2`s DME 6083, CP 5690, and CITX 3054 lead an eastbound CP freight at Belgrade, MN.  Bryant added this is one of the  few shots he has taken from the north side of the overpass, as it can only be accomplished on long summer mornings,  He even got to work the water tower into his shot!

 Motive Power News :

On July 23rd and 24th, ExpoRail (CRHA) had a special display that included CP AC4400CW 9733 that was repainted at the Montreal St-Luc Diesel Shop.   This was the third unit damaged in  a crossing accident with an Oil Tanker in Alberta with  two SD40-2F’s.  The unit was repaired in Winnipeg and repainted in Montreal.   Mike Berry photographed the engine at the museum in St-Constant, QC July 24th.

Last month, CP contracted Progress Rail in Mayfield, Kentucky to overhaul, rebuild, and repaint of several of their GP38-2 locomotives.   CP 3038, 3048, 3066, 3111, and SOO 4446 have been moved dead in tow over CN and PAL (Paducah and Louisville) to destination in Mayfield, KY.  SOO GP38-2 4515 currently Bad Order in St. Paul, MN, will also be forwarded to Progress Rail  when cleared to move. 

CP leased locomotives on the property in July:

CEFX (AC4400CW) 1002, 1006, 1007, 1014, 1018-1020, 1023, 1024, 1026-1059.

 CEFX (SD40-2) 2786, 2791, 2797, 2802, 2803, 3109, 3112, 3117, 3120, 3121, 3127, 3128, 3130, 3133, 3137, 3139, 3143, 3145, 3148, 3149, 3151, 3155, 3163, 3164, 3166, 3168, 3172, 3173, 3175, 3176, 3181, 3182, 3183, 3184, and 3188.

 CITX (SD40-2) 2783, 2785, 2790, 2792, 2794, 2796, 2799, 2804, 3008,  3024, 3026, 3032, 3035, 3036, 3053-3067, 3070-3075, 3077-3083, 3086, 3088-3092, 3095, 3097-3102, 3110, 3157, 3170, 3177.

 NREX (SD40-2) 4403, 5542, 5581, 5661, 5777, 5823, 6301, 6309, 7003, 7212, 7223, 7237, 7246, 7275, 7287, 7349, 7356, 7360, 7370, 7374, 7931, 8092, 8096, 8099, 8401.

 HLCX (SD40-2): 6206, 6299, 6340, 6341, 6844, 7003, 7008, 7009, 7161, 7191, 7193, 7205, 7230, 7231, 7233, 8033, 8085, 8089, 8139, 8163, 8176, and JFDX 8045.

On July 7th, Jack Kuiphoff caught ICE SD40-2 6211 with color matched trailing power on ethanol train K674-K675 on the CSX at Gratztown, PA.

Ron Visockis clicked CP 5917 leading a pair of  assorted SD40-2’s westbound on an empty ethanol train through Trenton, ON July 1st.  

Bill Sanderson caught (Saratoga & North Creek Railway) SLRG BL-2 52 in transit at Smiths Falls, Ontario on CP train 234, July 14th.     The BL-2  is former BAR 52 and was painted in late-June at Metro East Industries in East Saint Louis, Illinois.   The handsome livery appears to be inspired by the 1940’s-era EMD demonstrator scheme, and the paint colors intentionally match D&H blue and grey

Walter caught CP 241 with SOO SD60M 6059 leading HLCX SD40-2 8085 through Woodstock ON July 20th.


In October 2008, CP acquired 55 SD40-2's (1 wrecked - stored unserviceable) when they bought the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern.  Although it's likely that others have appeared at Alyth Diesel Shop in Calgary since then, IC&E SD40-2 6421, 'City of Emmetsburg', is the first one that Cor van Steenis had seen there.  It was built at EMD Lagrange in 1980 as UP 3722; acquired by IC&E in 2003; and was entered into the CP Roster in 2008.

After sitting at Assiniboia, SK for three weeks and through three severe rain storms waiting on CP's Expanse Sub to be fully reopened, Prairie Mines and Royalty Ltd PRMX SD40-2 6973 was on the move in July.  July 6th  Cor van Steenis clicked PRMX 6973 at Alyth Yard while in transit on CP from Poplar River, SK., and destined to Progress Rail in Tacoma, WA, for repairs and rebuilding. It is one of two locomotives that haul coal from Sherrit's mine at Poplar River, near Coronach, deep in southern Saskatchewan, the 12 miles to SaskPower's power plant, which produces one-third of the electricity in Saskatchewan. 

 On July 4th, Marc Forseille caught a rare bird in Coquitlam, BC in a CPRS  SD40-2 that had been D&H (Saratoga, NY) assigned and modified for its unique New York City run.  Several years ago, CPRS 5677 had its front plow and pilot tweaked to clear the 3rd rail in electrified  territory the CSX line navigates over.  Mark also noted, there are very few CP SD40-2's remaining on the roster in the 5500 or 5600 class series.    Bruce Chapman tallied all of the 5500-5600’s that are left: STLH 5560, STLH 5593; STLH 5615, STLH 5651, CP 5583, 5612, 5648, 5687 in service, plus some D&H NYC units in service at Saratoga: 5671, 5672, 5677, 5690, 5698 with tied-up 5697; and the tied-up Canadian ones are 5573 and 5691.

In 1980, CP began a 10-year remanufacturing program on their GP9`s. One of the modifications was to reconfigure the rear of the long hood to form a larger sanding reservoir.  This major modification for extra sand-carrying capacity was soon deemed not cost effective and cancelled for the remainder of the GP9u rebuilds.  In all, only nine GP9u’s received the modification: 1512-1515, 1691 and 8200-8203. CP 1512 was the very first unit to come out of the re-manufacturing program and sported a full conversion from deck to the top of its hood, with a centred (single) rear number board installed.  The other eight were given a scaled-back version which extended from the deck to just below the rear number boards, thus leaving the original GP9 number boards in place.  (Bill Sanderson)


The CPR Royal Pacific Express

 History: On June 28th 1886, the first CPR 'Pacific Express' departed downtown Montreal from Dalhousie Square Station destined for the Pacific coast, and the first transcontinental passenger train across Canada. It arrived in the Town of Calgary on Dominion Day with much fanfare and under a fireworks display. One has to imagine that an event like this would have drawn many of the town's population of 1000 or so to the CPR station. The train continued on to Port Moody, B.C., then the end of track, arriving there 5 days and 19 hours after leaving Montreal, on 04 July 1886, behind CPR 4-4-0 # 371, which had hauled the 6 car train on the last leg of its journey from North Bend, B.C.

 125 Years Later:  CPR operates a passenger special, Train No. 31B-02, named the 'Royal Pacific Express', to mark the 125th anniversary of that first transcontinental train. The train departed Calgary on 02 July 2nd, 2011 just after 09:00h westbound with 4 tuscan and gray diesels and 18 cars, Business Car 'Mount Stephen' bringing up the markers. The train was a private charter that is scheduled to arrive on the Pacific coast (Port Coquitlam) on July 4th.  It stopped in Banff for 3 hours and also in Lake Louise for about a half hour before heading on to Golden for the first night's layover. The consist on this run was: CP 4107, 4106, 3084, 1900, Generator 96, H.B. Bowen, Coach 103, Baggage 99 (Archives Display), Coach 104, Dominion, Ernest 'Smoky' Smith, Baggage 100 (Observation), Mount Royal, Generator 95, Killarney, N.R. Crump, Banffshire, Strathcona, Van Horne, Royal Wentworth, Craigellachie and Mount Stephen.  Cor van Steenis photographed the train at several locations and made for a special Canada Day weekend!  

With the 'Royal Pacific Express' run from Calgary to the Pacific coast marking the 125th anniversary of the first transcontinental passenger train, Cor had the opportunity to photograph the heritage liveried motive power at Banff, AB.  He also spoke with one of the CPR crew.  Cor inquired why the CP FP9A units #4106 and 4107 were not idling when stopped at Banff; and shut down. The crew indicated that these units had 'SmartStart' technology installed, a microprocessor which allows the locomotives to shut down and start up on pre-set (setable) parameters (ambient temperature and such) resulting in fuel savings and total emissions reductions.  (This is now standard on most of CP’s fleet).   During 2004-2005 the SRY (Southern Railway of British Columbia) conducted evaluation tests on two locomotives with this technology installed resulting in a 26% and 31% reduction in fuel used over two years. The payback period was nine months (supply and installation cost for two units was $30,400; fuel savings was $39,000). In colder climate conditions, the benefits would be expected to be reduced somewhat.

 During July and August these four  Canadian Pacific Railway “Heritage” diesels  are expected to be substituting  for the CPR Empress steam locomotive, sidelined June 24th. It is unclear how long the engine will be down, as its shop forces must fabricate a part.  The engine was in the middle of a two-month tour of the Canadian Rockies and prairies, and raising money for the “Children’s Wish Foundation”  and the “Friends of Yoho National Park”.

Andy Cassidy clicked the CPR “Royal Pacific Express” July 4th with  CP FP9A 4107-4106, GP38-2 3084 and F9B 1900 West arriving at Coquitlam (BC) Yard, Mile 110.2, on the CP Cascade Sub.

Likely many will be envious of Ralph Beaumont who was fortunate to win (in an auction in support of the Revelstoke Railway Museum) , for a cab ride in 2816 over Rogers Pass from Golden to Revelstoke, BC!    The bad news is 2816 ended up with unexpected repairs, but the good news is Ralph was able to ride the cab of F unit 4107 and the views he aught were spectacular.  The CP engineer was Chris Blakely and Ralph took shots in Albert Canyon, with the bridge shot being on the east side of the pass at Mountain Creek.  He tried getting a decent shot at Stoney Creek Bridge, but when you're travelling westbound, the trees have grown too high to do it justice. He submitted this additional photo taken a couple weeks later from the tail end riding on the Mount Royal CPR business car passing through the tunnels at Eagle Pass.

 After photographing the CPR 'Royal Pacific Express' July 3rd, Cor  waited at Morant's Curve for the “Rocky Mountaineer” in hopes to catch it the new RMR livery.  Cor was not disappointed as in spite of the consist arriving in the original colour scheme  he got terrific shots of the train.  He also clicked their leased genset NREX # 2020, (built new in Sep 2008) as a trailing locomotive.

A. J. Shewan submitted several photos of the train between Kamloops and Hope, BC.

Cor van Steenis compiled this list of the nine heritage passenger cars stored at Ogden  are:

 CPR # 3622 MAIL & EXPRESS CAR (built 1947 as CP Mail-Express 3622)

CPR # 404092 WORK SERVICE CAR - SUTHERLAND CABLE & BLOCK CAR (built 1952 as CP Baggage-Express # 4723)

CPR # 404910 WORK SERVICE CAR - WINNIPEG TOOL & CABLE CAR (built 1920 as CP Baggage-Express # 4365)

CPR # 404937 WORK SERVICE CAR - CALGARY CABLE CAR built 1948 as CPR Baggage-Express # 4225)

CPR # 70 BUSINESS CAR 'ASSINIBOINE' (built 1929; built by Canadian Pacific as ASSINIBOINE)

CPR # 76 BUSINESS CAR 'SHAUGHNESSY' (built in 1917 by Pullman/CP as the private car "CROMARTY" for J.K.L Ross)

CPR # 80 ARCHIVES DISPLAY CAR (built 1949 as CPR Horse Express Car # 4560)

CPR # 81 ARCHIVES DISPLAY CAR (built 1949 as CPR Horse Express Car # 4565)

CPR # 83 BUSINESS CAR 'LACOMBE' (built 1921 as 10 Compartment Sleeper GLEN ROY)


The three Heritage locomotives currently stored at Ogden are:


CPR FP9A # 1400 (shell)

FM H16-66 # 7009 (privately owned)

CP CPA 16-4 # 4104 (privately owned) 

Cor took this shot of CPR Business Car #76  'SHAUGHNESSY'  which  was built in 1917 by Pullman and CP as private car "CROMARTY".


 BILL BAIRD Sr.  1920-2006

 My father William Baird Sr. guided me greatly in our mutual passion of  railway locomotives.  As a boy, we experienced many railfan experiences together at Kings Cross, Euston and Paddington Stations in London, England, and as a teen at Westmount Station & Glen Yard in Montreal,  Frontier Yard, Bison Yard, and D&H S.K. Yard in Buffalo, NY, Rigby Yard in Portland, ME and in later years at Leaside Station (Toronto) CP  Agincourt Yard, and mostly at and CP St-Luc Yard in Montreal.   See my Glen Yard Memories

 Over the years I learned which were his favourite locomotives, The CP FA2, FP7A, SD9043MAC and C424 models, Boston & Maine GP9 (painted blue with white and black ends), New Haven FL9’s, D&H PA’s, and the NYC Cigar Band livery E8’s.  

 My Dad passed away at his home in Niagara Falls on August 2006 and in his memory, I have included a photo (via J.P Cadieux with thanks) of his favourite Canadian Pacific locomotive; the CPR 4-4-4 3000-series “Jubilee” Class.   The photo shows one of these beautiful streamlined speedsters at Westmount “Glen Yard” in the 1950’s, showing the spot where years later my dad and I would spend many evenings in the late 1960’s and 1970’s watching D&H PA’s, CPR E8’s,   FA-2’s, FP7A’s,  FP9A’s and RS10’s.   Note those great looking solid large high-stepping drivers, handsome chrome plating on the pilot, and take in all of the details in mastermind H.B. Bowen brilliant styling!   I agree with my Dad … This steam locomotive is perfection! 

Note the differences between CPR F9B 1900 taken by the late Roger Boisvert in Trois-Rivieres QC in 1955, and current CPR F9B 1900 taken by Andy Cassidy in 2011.  The 1955 version of the GP9B purchased new from GMDD by CPR.  The 2011 version of CPR F9B 1900 is ex-Nebkota Railroad  6612, nee-CN 6612.  (via Ron Visockis)

@CRO Aug 2011