CP Motive Power News


In March the following new GE ES44ACís were delivered:

  • CP 9358 and 9365 March 4th.
  • CP 9366, 9372 and 9374 March 11th,
  • CP 9375 on March 14th,
  • CP 9368, 9370, 9377, and 9379 March 22nd,
  • CP 9378 March 24th,
  • CP 9373 March 25th.  
  • CP 9371 and 9376 March 27th, completing the order.  These 30 new locos will be assigned to the St. Paul, MN shop.

Bob Heathorn clicked ES44AC 9354, the trailing unit on Train 115 at Smithís Falls, ON, March 14th.

A short video of a 9353, 9352, 9357, 9352 and 9363 arriving: led by CP ES44AC 8888, NREX SD40-2 7360, and ICE SD40-2 6449.


Mark Forseille caught two new CP 9300's that made it out to the West Coast on March 4th.  CP 9369 and 9355, (plus the builders decal of the 9369), are shown at Port Coquitlam, BC.


Canadian Pacific Railway General Electric locomotives (CP 12's). are ES44AC T3 and are similar to the previous order of CP 11's.  The CP road numbers for these new locomotives are CP 9350 - 9379. 

The following are the differences compared to the previous orders:

A. The locomotives have provision for Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake (ECP). There are ECP electric jumper cables on each end of the locomotive. Each jumper cable has an inline 'dummy' connector to tie up the cable when not in use. It is important that the cable be tied up when not in use to prevent damage. (ECP is NOT operational at this time.)

B.  The conductor's and engineer's seats have been sourced from a new supplier (Seats Inc.). These seats have been approved by the CP System Locomotive Cab Committee, and have been installed on the previous order of CP-11s. Adjustment mechanisms differ from the current Air Chief seats. Adjustment instruction can be found on theback of the seat. Arm rest must be placed in the full upright position before they can be adjusted.

C. The control of the horn is interlocked with the position of the Generator Field switch. The GF switch must be ON to operate the horn. This was done to prevent accidental operation of the horn when entering and leaving the control stand.

D. Locomotives are built in accordance to the new AAR crashworthy specification. This includes movement of the nose cab door from the conductor's side of the locomotive to the engineer's side. (Note: The door is heaver and may require more effort to open and close.) The number boards have also been relocated, and are now above the windshield.

E.  Locomotives are now equipped with a sliding deadbolt lock. The standard CP coach key will not work. CP are working with Supply Services to provide new keys.

F.  Locomotives are equipped with a bi-lingual decal package. Warning / Instructional decals and placard are in both English and French. The SIDS screen can be viewed in English or French via the soft key menus.

G. Locomotives operator cab controls (Lights, HVAC, Horn, and Sand) are now identified with icons to comply with AAR S-5514.

H. Electric Window Heaters are now on a 20 minute timer. A momentary toggle switch on the console starts the timer.

I.  An LED lighting package has been offered which includes various LED light fixtures with in the cab. The dome light will glow red when an Emergency Brake application is made. The light will automatically go out when the air brakes are recovered. The red light can also be turned off manual by holding up on the "emergency lights off" switch on the control stand.

J. Locomotives are equipped with an electric parking brake. The hand brake can be applied / released either electrically via push buttons, or manually by turning the hand wheel. When the electric handbrake is engaged, the hand wheel does not rotate. A light on the Engine Control panel indicates when the hand brake is applied ("handbrake not released" light). If the reverser is place in a direction with the hand brake applied, a "wheel slip" indicator will be displayed on the Smart Screen (SIDS).

K. Radio speakers are provided above the engineer, and conductor's positions. The speakers are equipped with individual volume controls.

L.  The brake pipe (BP) cut-out cock has been relocated behind the stairway just below the running board.

M. The SBU / EOT basket has been relocated and re-designed. The SBU / EOT bracket is now located on the rear of the fuel tank on the conductor's side.

N. Standard luminescent emergency decals are provided in the operators cab

O. Locomotives are factory equipped with FTO.

P. Locomotives are equipped with rear ditch lights.

Q.  The conductor's Aux Speed Indicator is now located on the conductors desk to the left of the emergency brake handle.

R.  Locomotives are equipped with a battery saver function. After a manual engine shutdown, this feature will automatically disconnect non-essential electrical loads from the batteries provided certain conditions are met. System operation instruction decals are located on the High Voltage Cabinet doors.

S. This series of locomotives are equipped with a High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel injection system. Such system uses a high pressure fuel line which feeds individually electronically controlled injectors. The HPCR fuel delivery system is designed to comply with stringent Tier 3 emissions standards, while burning less fuel and emitting less Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere.

T. Inverter numbers 4 and 6 are now used to crank the engine. If the locomotive is shut down and Traction Motors 4 and 6 are cut out, the locomotive will not restart.

U. The engine room fire extinguisher has been relocated to the conductors side, just in front of the hand brake wheel.


Cor van Steenis clicked brand new CP ES44AC 9364 in brilliant sunshine switching a ďbad orderĒ car into the back track at Strangmuir, AB  on the Brooks Subdivision before it headed east with IMS 198 to Chicago.

In February, CP sidelined their SD9043MAC fleet with most of them stored in Winnipeg Diesel Shop, and a few at Calgary (Ogden Shop) which are stored inside.  Called "warm" storage, if need be these can be activated back into service far quicker.  Two of those CP 9103 and 9151 were seen running at the shop on February 28th.  They departed Alyth Yard together eastbound on #210-29, and arrived two days later for storage in Winnipeg.  On March17th, Cor van Steenis was surprised to catch activated CP 9112 and 9117 at Alyth Yard in Calgary.  They both  were sent to Edmonton and back.  Then 9112 went to Moose Jaw and back, as of March 24th  9112 and 9117 are TUS at Alyth. There are several more SD90MAC's inside Alyth Shop as well as some stored outdoors at Ogden Shop.

CEFX GP38-3 3805 was shot by Mark Forseille at the CP shop in Port Coquitlam, BC, on February 26th.  Former Central Oregon & Pacific (CORP) #3805 is one of five locomotives CP has leased: CEFX 3803, 3804, 3805, 3807 and 3811.   CEFX 3805, 3807, and 3811 are now in service on SOO.  3805, 3807 and 3811 were prepared for service at the SRY shop in New Westminster, BC.  CEFX 3803 and 3804 were prepared for service at Progress Rail in Tacoma, WA .  Ed Weisensel shot CEFX 3811 in Milwaukee March 21st amid train 282's consist (ICE 6446, 6401, CEFX 3811 and SOO SD60 6023) .

CP Units Retired

In December 2011, CP retired the following units: CP GP7u 1511, CP GP9uís 1512 and 1513, SOO GP9 2403, and SOO SD40-2ís 778 and 779. All of these units had been assigned to the SOO LINE, and are still located at Thief River Falls, MINN.  CRO only just became aware of these locomotive retirements from late last year.     

CP FP7Au 1400 was retired on February 21st 2012.  The locomotive is at the Ogden shop and heavily cannibalized.  This locomotive had quite a history: Built by GMD as FP7A 4099 in 1953, she was renumbered to CP 1400 in 1954.  Sold to VIA in 1978, she became VIA 1400, then was renumbered to VIA 6550 in 1981.  She was sold to Nebkota Railway in 1994, and renumbered 55. CP Repatriated her in 1998,and repainted into the 1950ís Maroon/Grey paint scheme, with Scotchlite yellow striping and numbered CP 1400.  It was brought to SteamTown USA in 1999 and was in the consist returning CPR Hudson #2816 back from the USA out to North Vancouver for restoration. Your editor rode in the cab of #1400 between Montreal and Smiths Falls, and riding with me was Devon Generous, current owner of The Southern Prairie Railway at Ogema, SK who use GE 44T #15, (ex-Conway Scenic #15 nee-MEC #15), built in May 1945. #1400 proudly led the "Royal Canadian Pacific" and ran on some steam trips until stored in 2005 and eventually replaced by FP9u units CP 4106-4107.   The loco has slowly cannibalized ever since.  Mark Forsielle took this great roster shot in Port Coquitlam, BC wearing her new paint back on an RCP trip in 1999.

On February 29th Greg Shevchenko caught retired CP GP9u 1644, 1621, 1565, 1611, and 1588 at the Dock Yard in New Westminster on CP tracks.  They arrived at the SRY Shop in New Westminster, BC March 3rd where over the next few months will be stripped of parts for the CP GP20C-ECO project. Once stripped the hulks will move to ABC metals, in Langley for scrapping.

CP GP38-2 Overhaul Update

EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY  continues to overhaul GP38-2ís for Tier 0+ compliance, equipping them with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop), and repainting them into CP livery. Overhauled CP GP38-2 4513 is the latest one released, returned to CP in March. 

GP38-2's Overhauled by EMD-Progress Rail (Mayfield, KY) 

CP 3024, 3038, 3048, 3066, 3111, 3126 and (former SOO) CP 4414, 4428, 4446, 4447, 4513 and 4515.   

Note: Overhauled GP38-2's CP 3024, 3111, 3126, 4414, 4428 and 4513  have Class stenciling ďDRS-20eĒ on their cabs; while CP 3038, 3048, 3066, 4446, 4447 and 4515 do not have it.


 GP38-2's  To be Overhauled at EMD-Progress Rail (Mayfield, KY) 

 CP 3033, 3057, 3062, 3127, 3129 and 3134, SOO 4424, 4427 4506 and 4514

Five SOO-CP GP38-2`s were moved dead in tow over CN from Markham Yard on March 20th. Destined to Progress Rail, they moved as CP 3057, SOO 4514, 4424, 4506, and 4427.

Update: In a bit of a surprise, CRO has learned CP GP38-2's 3033 and 3134 may now being heading to NRE for overhaul, instead of Progress Rail in Paducah, KY. 

Brandon Warnick was first to catch CP 4513 in new garb in transit back to CP on CN at Effingham, IL March 23rd. 

SOO SD60 Overhaul Update

On March 7th, CP operated a loaded ethanol train #606 March 9th from Mason City in northeast Iowa for Canadian Pacificís company photographer. Most of the photography was taken between Mason City and Charles City, site of a large ethanol facility owned by Valero. The ethanol train was loaded at Valeroís sister facility located in Hartley. The train was hauled  by three former Soo line SD60ís  recently overhauled and painted at Cad Railway Services in Lachine, QC.  Unfortunately, the trailing SD60 in this consist had mechanical issues, forcing CP to add two SD40-2s (parked at the Valero facility in Charles City) on to the consist due to steep grades between Charles City and Marquette.IA.

On the DME Mason Sub March 9th at Rudd, IA, Craig Williams photographed a rarity, the (Hartley, Iowa)  ethanol train  heading east with three ex-SOO Line SD60 CADRAIL rebuilds departing with a CP Company Photographer Special (CP #616-511)  between Mason City and Charles City. IA. Craig snapped this CP 6225, 6260, 6240 at Rudd, IA.  


On March 9th R Scott Marsh clicked the trio of CP SD60ís rolling eastbound through Castalia IA. On the CP Mason City Sub.

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) continue to overhaul 14 SOO SD60ís and one SD60M to Tier 0+ compliance, equip them with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop) to conserve fuel, and repaint and renumber to CP 6200-series.

In Service:

CP SD60 6245 (ex-SOO 6045) released on March 6th 2012

CP SD60 6242 (ex-SOO 6042) released on March 1st 2012

CP SD60M 6260 (ex-SOO 6060) released January 13th 2012

CP SD60 6228 (ex-SOO 6028) released December 16th 2011

CP SD60 6225 (ex-SOO 6025) released December 1st 2011

CP SD60 6241 (ex-SOO 6041) released November 2011

CP SD60 6240 (ex-SOO 6040) released October 2011

CP SD60 6250 (ex-SOO 6050) released October 2011


At Cadrail:

SOO SD60 6052 arrived at Cadrail March 19th

SOO SD60 6034 arrived at Cadrail March 19th

SOO SD60 6055  arrived at Cadrail on March 9th

SOO SD60 6029 arrived on January 9th.

SOO SD60 6043 arrived on February 10th.

SOO SD60 6054 arrived on February 10th.

UPDATE: in Mid-March, three more SD60ís were coming to CAD. SOO 6034, 6052, and 6057.  The only one still to arrive is SOO 6057 enroute from St. Paul. MN.

Richard Marchi snapped one of the new CAD releases, CP SD60 6245 in Montreal on March 11th.

CP SD30C-ECO Update

The first groups of CP SD40-2ís are to be rebuilt to meet Tier 0+ US emissions standards. These rebuilt SD30Cs are to be numbered beginning at CP 5000 and CP will utilize SD40-2ís from their ICE and DME roster as well.  CP expects to receive the first locos of the order during the 3rd quarter of 2012,

The SD30C-ECOs will be rebuilt at the EMD-Progress shops in Mayfield KY. from SD40-2 cores and frames, powered by the 12 cylinder 3000 hp 12-710G3A engine. Similar to other new locomotives delivered by GE and EMDI - LED lighting is expected, except for head and ditch lights.


Further information about ECO re-powering can be found HERE

The following 20 CP SD40-2's will be done this year:

5415, 5672, 5691, 5728, 5734, 5735, 5745, 5789, 5869, 5918, 5933, 5934, 5950, 5971, 5980, 5983, 6027, 6039, 6056 and 6606.

Update: the following SD40-2's and SD40-2F's are the proposed units for ECO rebuild in 2013:

SD40-2: 5648, 5787, 5795, 5844, 5902, 5924, 5930, 5931, 5940, 5944, 5947, 5948, 5967, 5992, 5997, 5998, and 6006.  

SD40-2F:   9000, 9002, 9005, 9010, 9016, 9018, 9019, 9022, and 9024.

Joe Ferguson photographed a group of CP SD40-2ís lined up at  Mayfield, KY for ECO rebuild.  Repainted only a few years ago, CP 5789 is in the deadline sporting the latest CP livery. 

CP GP20C-ECO Update

The GP20C-ECOs are to be numbered beginning at CP 2200, The 4-axle GP20C-ECOs will be built at Muncie, IN at the EMD facility. These will have new frames, new cabs and fuel tanks, and meet FRA safety requirements. As well they will feature the 8-710G3A prime mover and other hardware upgrades.   

These are the 35 CP GP7u/GP9u locos to be cannibalized for usable components at the SRY shops in New Westminster, BC.

1501    1503   1505    1515     1519*   1525    1528    1565    1566     1567   1568    1569    1570    1581    1582    1588    1603    1611     1612*   1615* 1617     1621     1638    1639* 1644   1649*   1682    1696    1697    8214*  8224* 8229   8240   8242* 8264.  

(Still in Montreal: *)

In the CP yard in Port Coquitlam, BC on February 26th, Mark Forseille bagged CP GP9u 1621 soon to be stripped of parts at SRY New Westminster Shop, and then meet the ABC Metals cutting torch.  


Retired CP GP9uís 1603 and 8240 were scrapped at ABC Metals  with the remains shot by Andy Cassidy on March 3rd at Langley, BC.  These had been stripped of parts during the last two months at SRY Shop in New Westminster, BC.

CP Leased Locomotives on the Property in March

CEFX (GP38-3) 3803, 3804, 3805*, 3807*, and 3811*.  (Arrived  *)

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

CEFX (SD40-2) 2786, 2791, 2797, 2802, 2803, 3105, 3109, 3112, 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) 2785, 2790, 2792, 2794, 2796, 2799, 2804, 3008, 3024, 3026, 3032, 3035, 3036, 3053-3067, 3070, 3071, 3073, 3074, 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.  (Update: 7356 was stored unserviceable at Nahant, IA.on February 24th).

As of March 21st 2012 all of the HLCX units stored on CP were off the property and back in the U.S.A.  CP had ended the lease with Helm  in  November 2011.

Canadian Pacific Photos

The first Albany, NY loaded oil train to run under the new 608 symbol rolls SB at Saratoga with a buffer car and 80 loads of oil out of North Dakota. This train will unload at the Port of Albany, NY. In the background on the right is the Saratoga passenger station that serves Amtrak, S&NC, and buses. In the distance is the CPC-38 NB signal, a classic D&H mast signal and to the left is one of the new replacement signals that was installed in the past week. John Sesonskeís shot shows CP 608-026 on the Canadian Subdivision, CPC 36 at Saratoga Springs, New York. March 17th with ES44AC CP 8823 and CEFX AC4400CW 1050.

Deane Motis photographed CP ES44AC 9359 and  CN ES44DC 2344 at Roberts Bank, BC on March 19th. 

At Homer, MN on March 4th Dennis Weber clicked SOO GP40 4603,  CP GP38-2 4433, 4508, and SOO GP40 2016 still in patched Milwaukee paint leading a short consist over the River sub.  This train appears to be train 580 (or 581), which is a long wayfreight that works down the river from St Paul, MN to La Crosse, WI.  This job typically runs GP38-2ís and GP40ís.


On March 6th Dennis caught CP Train 580 on the Tomah Sub with SOO GP40 2016, CP GP38-2 4433, and SOO GP38-2 4429.

On a sunny March 8th on the Tomah Sub, Dennis snapped CP train 277 (Chicago  to  Huron, S.D.Manifest) with ICE SD40-2ís 6048, and 6444 at LaCrosse, WI.   Train #277 utilizes four different crews between Chicago and Huron, and performs considerable enroute switching work, with an overnight layover in Winona, MN.

At Crescent and New Albia, IA on the ICE Marquette Sub, Dennis caught CP 170, with SOO SD60 6047-6033, CP SD40-2 5750-6016, and SOO GP38-2 4426 on March 11th.

Ken Lanovich caught CP SD40-2 5946 (active and assigned to Winnipeg), and MWSC CRANE Baldwin switcher      VO-1000 #3 resting at the CSX Barr Yard (Chicago) on January 22, 2012.  The Baldwin is destined to NRE Ė Silvis, IL, possibly for scrapping because MWSC Crane recently received a new NRE-built Genset.

Marshall Beecher shot CP job G28 tying down its train March 14th at Galewood Yard, just east of Bensenville, IL.  G28 is a transfer job from Bensenville Yard to the Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) clearing yard and return.  The odd lash up consists of a borrowed CN (ex-UP) C40-8 from the joint CP/CN interchange job from Spaulding, IL leading two former Milwaukee Road GP40 "bandits", making this a unique gathering of power quite rare indeed!

Ed Weisensel shot WSOR Y202  (WSOR GP38 3802 with ex-SOO LINE nee-MILW MP15AC  goslings 1501 and 1502) would arrive to drop their train, grab up their outgoing cars, and a special load behind the power. E8 AZER 6070 was picked up for delivery to WSORís Horicon paint shop Ė where she will be adorned in IC brown and orange, with yellow accents as SLRG 511. Sister nee-CNW SLRG 518 already wears this uniform.

On March 14th at Beaurepaire. QC, CP ES44AC 8903 and a Red Barn shake the AMT station platform, as CP 233 roll past photographer Ken Goslett.

On the Canadian Subdivision at Saratoga Yard (Saratoga Springs, NY), John Sesonske snapped CP ES44AC 9358 on her first run on the D&H.  CP 642-625 with CP ES44AC 9358 and AC4400CW 9677, a buffer car and 80 loads of ethanol move southbound toward Kenwood Yard at the Port of Albany, NY on a warm and sunny first day of Daylight Savings Time, March 11th.  

Dennis Weber snapped a pair of SD60Mís (SOO 6058-6061) leading  CP Train 283 on the Tomah Sub at LaCrosse, WI on March 14th.

On November 22nd, Andy Cassidy photographed this northbound coal train with CP ES44AC 8746 and DPU's CP AC4400CWís 8624 and CP 9801 passing Mile 144.5, CN New Westminster Sub at Spruce, BC.  The train is destined to Neptune Terminals.

Canadian Pacific Vignettes

Kevin Day took this great shot back in 1968, showing three recent repaints at Smiths Fall, ON. MLW-built CPR  S-3 6591 is seen freshly painted posing with FPA-2 4094 and a GMDD-built GP35, all in the same frame!

At the Winnipeg Shops in 1980 RA Matthews and Paul B. Smith photographed a real rarity, the only chop nosed CP RS-10 (8470).   At first glance, it does look like an RS18u, but the sealed beam headlight and 8400-series road number give it away.  The locomotive was assigned to captive Hump Service in the Winnipeg Yard, and operated in pairs with other RS10ís and with a group of chop nosed RS3's.  The controls on the RS-3 and RS-10 units remained set up for long hood forward.  The chop nose was intended to offer the engineer a better view on backup moves, as on an end cab switcher.  Even chopped, the rear of this RS10 remained at the short hood end.  Emphasizing this, only the modified back end was repainted black with the wide stripe paint scheme, while the long hood and front were left in original CP Rail narrow stripes livery. Similarly, CP Rail RS-3 8446 got painted the same way after being chopped.  (Extra thanks to Paul B. Smith and RA Matthews)

At the Walkley Shop in Ottawa, Bruce Chapman clicked CP RS-10ís 8594, 8472, and an RS18 awaiting their next assignment in the early 1970ís.  

John Reay photographed faded CP Rail MLW M-630 4569 leading two siblings round the curve beside highway 401, just west of Darlington siding.  The train is on the Belleville sub and heading toward Oshawa. in October 1991.

In June 2002 at Winona, MN Bill Sanderson photographed CP 4422, one of only two SOO GP38-2ís (CP 4421/4422) to wear the CP full Beaver.   Built by EMD as SOO 4422 (5/1979), it was acquired by CP in 1991, and in 1996 renumbered to CP 4422 and repainted into CP Rail System livery.

©CRO April 2012