CP Motive Power News

CP Units Retired (or Sold):

Locomotives retired during October 2012:


CP Hump Controller 1150 (Wrecked in a collision at Agincourt Yard, and is to be scrapped onsite)

CP Slug 1022 Stored Serviceable in Montreal since last year (and which had been mated to a GP9u at St-Luc), was retired in October, and scrapped at the diesel shop  in October.

CP GP35 (Control Cab Daughter) 1125

CP Slug Hump Controller 1152

CP GP9u 1526, 1546, 1628, and 1687 (ex-THB)

CP SD40M-2   5490 and 5492

DME GP40Q 4000,

CP GP9u 1557, 1575, 1607, 1609, and 1610.  (All are destined to Coquitlam, BC).  

STLH SD40-2 5593

ICE  SD40-2 6413 (unit is in wrecked condition at the CSX Huntington Shops in Huntington, WV. The wreck on the CSX took place in March 2012 and the loco  will not be returning to CP (our thanks to Bryan Jones).  

Last month, CP SW1200RS 1271 was sold to GMTX and arrived at Paducah, KY., and  CP SW120oRS 1210, 1244, 1245, and 1249 have all been delivered to the Ontario Southland Railway (OSRX).

With the retirement of CP SD40M-2 5490 and 5492, only one Morrison-Knudsen rebuilt SD40M-2 remains in service, CP 5499 assigned to yard service in Thunder Bay, ON.  All those that sported SD45 hoods are off the roster.  (Photo  by the late Bill Sanderson)



With the retirement of STLH SD40-2 5593 in October, only SD40-2’s 5560, and 5651 remain in the 1990’s-era  St Lawrence & Hudson (STLH) paint scheme. Another,   STLH 5615 is currently stored out of service in Toronto but as yet, not retired .

Though not yet officially retired, on November 2nd CP declared their SD9043MACs as surplus, and  placed the fleet up for sale. Currently most of them are stored in Winnipeg, MB.  To date, no interest parties have come forward officially, and we will report any bids.   You can view the tender on line on the CP website:

In early November, CP forwarded JKBX H16-66 7009  (Ex "Aluminum Company of America 001" and repainted CPR CPA 16-4 4104 on Train 205 on the Thompson Sub.  John Leeming snapped the move of the Canadian Locomotive Works and Fairbanks Morse built locos on November 6th.  The plan is to put them on display beside the railway station in Nelson, BC following their cosmetic restoration. Over the last months, CP has been actively cleaning shop and disposing of all unwanted equipment stored at Ogden and Alyth Yard.  For some reason they were moved to Coquitlam in error and had to travel back to Golden, BC in order to move to Nelson over the Windermere Sub.  The pair arrived at Nelson, BC on November 19th.  

CP GP38-2 Overhaul Update:

EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY continues the overhaul GP38-2’s for Tier 0+ compliance, equipping them with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop), and repainting them into CP livery.


GP38-2's released from EMD-Progress Rail (Mayfield, KY):   

CP 3024, 3038, 3048, 3057, 3062, 3066, 3111, 3117, 3126, 3127, 3129 and (former SOO) CP 4414, 4418, 4424, 4427, 4428, 4436, 4446, 4447, 4450, 4506, 4513, 4514, and 4515.  

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


CP: 3025, 3041, 3042, 3061, and 3133.

SOO: 4415  

GP38-2’s released from NRE (Silvis, IL)


CP 3033, 3103, 3134,  CP 4426 (Former Soo Line)

GP38-2's to be Overhauled at NRE (Silvis, IL)


CP 3124

Dennis  Weber caught DM&E Train B-27. with DM&E SD40-2 6368, freshly painted CP GP38-2 4506, and
SD40-2’s CP 6042 and DM&E 6073 at Minnesota City, M<N November 2nd.  CP 4506 has just been released from EMD-Progress Rail (Mayfield, KY).  

SOO SD60 Overhaul Update:

SOO SD60 overhaul update:

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) continue to overhaul 23 SOO SD60’s 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.  The entire rebuilt SD60 fleet will receive (PTC) Positive Train Control modifications at the CP St-Luc Diesel Shop.


In Service:


CP SD60 6246 (ex-SOO 6046) released November 20, 2012.  

CP SD60 6230 (ex-SOO 6030) released November 1st, 2012.

CP SD60 6236 (ex-SOO 6036) released October 26th, 2012.

CP SD60 6221 (ex-SOO 6021) released October 6th, 2012.

CP SD60 6223 (ex-SOO 6023) released September 20th, 2012

CP SD60 6257 (ex-SOO 6057) released August 31st, 2012

CP SD60 6234 (ex-SOO 6034) released August 15th, 2012

CP SD60 6252 (ex-SOO 6052) released July 25th, 2012   

CP SD60 6255 (ex-SOO 6055) released June 21st, 2012

CP SD60 6229 (ex-SOO 6029) released June 5th, 2012

CP SD60 6243 (ex-SOO 6043) released April 20th, 2012

CP SD60 6254 (ex-SOO 6054) released March 29th, 2012

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

CP SD60 6242 (ex-SOO 6042) released 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 6031 arrived at Cadrail on Occtober 15th

SOO SD60 6038 arrived at Cadrail September 30th

SOO SD60 6056 arrived in Montreal Septmber 9th

Two recent releases CP 6230 following repaint and  “Bad order” CP 6257 were seen outside CADRAIL November 1st, along with SOO 6031 waiting to be stripped and prepped for rebuild.  CP  6246 was released on November 20th.


CP SD30C-ECO Update:

Brian Marsh, was the first person to photograph one of the new CP SD30C-ECO units outside of EMD's Mayfield, KY. plant, just before the end of November.

The first bunch of CP SD40-2’s to be rebuilt at EMD-Progress shops to meet Tier 0+ US emissions standards are in Mayfield, Kentucky.  These rebuilt SD30Cs are to be numbered beginning at CP 5000 and CP will utilize SD40-2’s from their ICE and DME roster as well. 


The SD30C-ECOs will be rebuilt from SD40-2 cores and frames, powered by a new 12 cylinder 3000 hp 12-710G3F 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 are to be done over the next 12 months:  5415, 5672, 5691, 5728, 5734, 5735, 5745, 5789, 5869, 5918, 5933, 5934, 5950, 5971, 5980, 5983, 6027, 6039, 6056 and 6606.


UPDATE: In late November, one of the first SD30C ECO repower units was sighted at EMD’s plant in Mayfield, KY.  CP 5004 is nearing completion, and should ship before the end of the first week of December 2012. Photos will follow in CRO once the locomotive is in the public domain.

The following SD40-2's and SD40-2F's are the proposed units for ECO rebuild beginning in mid-in 2013:  SD40-2’s 5648, 5787, 5795, 5844, 5902, 5924, 5930, 5931, 5940, 5944, 5947, 5948, 5967, 5992, 5997, 5998, and 6006, and SD40-2F’s:  9000, 9002, 9005, 9010, 9016, 9018, 9019, 9022, and 9024.

CP GP20C-ECO Update:

The GP20C-ECOs are to be numbered beginning at CP 2200, with the 4-axle units 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.   


The following are newly added numbers GP7u/GP9u loco’s to be cannibalized for usable components at the SRY shops in New Westminster, BC, and then scrapped at ABC Metals in Langly, BC:


CP 1508, 1514, 1530, 1531, 1538, 1543, 1557, 1573, 1574, 1575, 1593, 1607, 1609, 1610, 1612, 1614, 1615, 1618, 1636, 1639, 1647, 1649, 1652, 1691, and 1692, 8214, 8227, 8230, and 8237.  (As of November 29th, one was at Keith, AB one in Alyth, AB, twenty-seven  in Coquitlam, BC, and two are still stored in Montreal St-Luc Yard).  

The following 31 GP7u/GP9u locos from the list below already been scrapped at ABC:

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

During the month of November these eight Geeps were moved to Coquitlam, BC:  

CP 1508, 1557, 1607, 1609, 1610, 1614, 1615, 1652.  

Andy Cassidy snapped these shots in the CP  GP9u Dead Line At Coquitlam Diesel Shop, (Mile 111.9, CP Cascade Sub) on November 18th.



On November 18th, Andy Cassidy clicked CP Sw1200RS 1239 (TUUS) Tied Up Serviceable At Coquitlam Diesel, Mile 111.9, CP Cascade Sub.


CP Leased Locomotives on the Property in November


CEFX (GP38-3) IN SERVICE: 3803, 3805, 3807, and 3811.


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


CEFX (SD40-2) OFF LEASE: 2786, 2791, 2797, 2802, 2803, 3105, 3109, 3112, 3120, 3121, 3127, 3128, 3130, 3133, 3137, 3139, 3143, 3145, 3148, 3149, 3155, 3163, 3164, 3166, 3168, 3172, 3173, 3176, 3181, 3182, 3183, and 3188.  Many of these units are now back in the USA.


CITX (SD40-2) STORED: 2783, 2792, 2799, 2804, 3008, 3024, 3026, 3035, 3036,  3053, 3054, 3055, 3057, 3059, 3060, 3061, 3062, 3064, 3065, 3066, 3067, 3070, 3071, 3072, 3073, 3074, 3075, 3078, 3080, 3082, , 3083, 3086, 3089,  3090, 3091, 3092, 3095, 3097, 3098, 3099  3100, 3157 and 3177, all off lease and stored at various locations on CP.  In July, 3032 was removed from storage at Coquitlam, BC and sent to the SRY for lease. 


CITX (SD40-2) IN SERVICE:  2785, 2794, 2796, 3056, 3058, 3063,

3077, 3079. 3081, 3088, 3101, 3102, 3110, and 3170.

CP has stored and is slowly returning to the lessor many of the locomotives that had been on lease.  They are currently stored system wide with many in the USA.

CP Photos


Ron Visockis caught a pair of former HLCX, nee-Boston and Maine CP GP40-2`s (CP 4656 and 4652) , on a short local at Trenton, ON Nov 4th.



When delivered brand new from EMD these looked splendid in Boston and Maine blue!  Steve Nordahl caught BM 310 in Mechanicville, NY back on November 15th, 1980.


In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, ethanol trains that had been normally routed to New Jersey on CSX have been detoured to a CP/VRS/NECR/P&W routing via the Green Mountain Gateway. On November 11th (Remembrance Day / Veteran's Day), Kevin Burkholder photographed CP train 644-607 is rolling along Lake Champlain with a pair of former Soo Line SD60s decked out in CP paint ahead of an ICE and CP SD40-2. The consist, CP 6234, CP 6243, ICE 6426 and CP 6018, are ahead of a former IMRL hopper that is often  used as a buffer car for these trains.



Interestingly, Kevin shot the SAME leader and buffer car, albeit as SOO 6034, on January 16, 2011



Dennis Weber snapped CP Train 277 with DM&E SD40-2’s 6362-6095-6069 at LaCrosse, WI on  October 30th.


CP Train 810 has BNSF-9240-9179-9551 for power as it blasts through Minnesota City, MN October 31st.  



Denis also bagged CEFX AC4400CW 1002, and ICE SD40-2 2270 passing through Lansing, IA November 10th.


Due to a shortage of available GP38-2’s (the regularly assigned units), CP 3GS21B-DE 2100 showed up to pinch hit in early November, and worked the Brockville, Ontario road switcher over several days.


Richard Marchi and William Baird visited St-Luc Diesel Shop on November 14th and noted the following power:

CP SD40-2   5687, 5870, 5932, 5947, 6013,

CP GP9u  1509, 1549, 1599, 1608,  1626, 1630, 1639, 1688, 1690,  

CPGP38-2  3072, 3108, 3121, 3024, 3126

CP SD40-2F  9006

CP GP9u 8214, 8219,8228, 8231, 8241

CP AC4400CW 8541, 8720 (Change-out), 8745 (Repairs) 9528, 9676, 9666, 9802, 9805, 9815 (Xmas). 9819, 9835, 9840,

CP ES44AC  8830, 8837, 8906, 8929,

AMT F40PH 400 (Out of service)

AMT F59PH 532 (Load tests)

RBRX F59PH 18547 (Load tests)

CITX SD40-2 2974 (Stored)

CEFX AC4400CW 10xx (Engine Change-out)

CEFX GP38-3 3804 (Stored)

CEFX SD40-2 3127 (Stored) 3155 (Stored)

ICE SD40-2 6400 (Repairs) 


On November 14th, a CP TEC Train was in St Luc Yard with SD40-2 6080 on the point.


AMT F59PH 530

AMT F40PH 330

AMT F59PHI 1324,

AMT F40PH-2CAT 4118,

AMT ALP45-DP 1356


Richard Marchi took the following pictures:



Andy Cassidy snapped CP Plow 401002 on track DSA3 at the diesel shop at Coquitlam, BC back in December 2007.  CP will have already been preparing the plows for snow clearing for this year by press time.


The two Ogden Training Facility Train Simulators: Large one with a full sized CP 9712 cab  and full sized projector screen. The smaller has a fully functional control stand (*except headlight switch) and also the large screen.


CP News



Richard Marchi and William Baird caught the “Canadian Holiday Train outside St-Luc Diesel shop on November 14th We noted some changes from previous trains.  The entire train has a much cleaner and practical single MU cable between each car for lighting the train. The Christmas tree has been moved from on top of the cab to over the long hood.  The Wreath up front is now metal with Christmas lights. E. Hunter Harrison and his team are studying the future of this train, and is reported to be considering promoting it a lot more! The alternative could be less pleasant, but no decisions will be made until 2013. 













John Soehner got a pleasant surprise November 12th and caught CP AC4400CW 9824 headed east of Indus, AB with a doubled up consist for the CP Holiday Trains.  Note the eight CPR heavy weights.  The train arrived in Montreal on November 15th.


In October CP Released their HOLIDAY TRAIN Schedule for both the USA and Canada:

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. plans to relocate much of its head office from downtown Calgary, union officials and a source close to the company said, under a restructuring plan that its new chief executive officer will detail to investors in early December.  E. Hunter Harrison told U.S. union leaders and a Canadian union president that Canada’s second-biggest railway will move employees out of its glass-towered headquarters as part of an ambitious cost-cutting plan.  One union official said the head office move was to the nearby CP yard in Calgary. Details are expected Dec 4 and 5, along with an  announcement of further job cuts, when Mr. Harrison outlines his plan to  improve efficiency at CP.  “They’re moving the headquarters to Ogden, which just makes sense,” said Bill Brehl, president of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way union.  “We’re a railroad. What were we doing downtown hanging out with the oil barons? Our place is to be in a rail yard,” said Mr. Brehl, who was told of the plan by Mr. Harrison. Mr. Brehl said the company will rebuild the century-old Ogden yard, constructing offices there. CP decided last year to close the Ogden repair shop, built in 1912 on land southeast of Calgary’s city centre. It moved locomotive and train car repair elsewhere.  Downtown Calgary, Canada’s oil industry capital, is the nation’s second-most  expensive office market, behind Toronto, according to a July, 2012, report by global research firm CBRE, hence the reasoning for the move. CP shifted its head office to Calgary from Montreal in 1996, in a company-wide reorganization that eliminated 1,450 jobs.

The Canadian Transportation Agency proposes to rule in favor of Calgary residents protesting noise and vibration caused by CP’s locomotive repair operations at the Alyth Yard. The complainants’ issues are with the noise caused by the idling of locomotives at any location on the LRC’s tracks and the noise caused while CP performs inbound and outbound load testing outdoors, which requires the revving of the engine at full throttle for long periods. No allegation or evidence has been presented with respect to other potential sources of noise or activities taking place at CP’s Alyth Yard.
Further, according to CP’s submissions and evidence, CP’s decision to consolidate its repair activities, causing the number of repair operations to increase, appears to have been based on safety and efficiency considerations only. No evidence was filed to indicate that, before implementing its decision to create a major repair facility at Alyth Yard and increase the volume of its repair operations, CP gave any consideration to the impact this would have on the community. In light of this, the Agency concludes that when balanced against criteria set out in section 95.1 of the CTA and when considering the local area, the increased noise caused by the load testing and idling activities at the Alyth Yard LRC since the consolidation in 2009 may be unreasonable.
Before making a final decision on the complaint, the Agency directs  CP to show cause why the Agency should not conclude that the cumulative effect of the noise caused by the increased load testing and idling operations resulting from CP’s repair activities constitutes substantial interference in the ordinary comfort or convenience of living of an average person, and that when balanced against the criteria set out in section 95.1 of the CTA, the increased noise caused by the load testing and idling activities at the Alyth Yard LRC since 2009 is unreasonable. Unless data showing actual noise levels is submitted by CP, the Agency may use the noise level estimates set out in this show cause in making its final decision on the complaint.
CP is also directed to show cause as to the reasons why the Agency should not require CP to implement corrective measures at the source or mitigation to prevent propagation of the noise to the parties affected, including, but without limitation,  measures restricting volume of operations, location of operations, operating hours, operating procedures, and noise barriers.
CP is required to respond to the above-noted direction by November 5, 2012. The Agency provides the complainants until November 15, 2012, to submit any final comments on CP’s submission. The Agency will then assess the information and make its final decision on this matter pursuant to section 95.3 of the CTA.

The City of Regina, SK, and CP have agreed on a $7.5-million purchase price for the rail yard land south of Dewdney Avenue. The city would purchase 17.39 acres at $7.5M. In April, the city estimated 17.5 acres of land would be available at a value of $7.3M. If the executive committee approves the report, the matter will be sent to Regina City Council for final approval.  The land is part of the $1 billion Regina Revitalization Initiative, which includes a $278M, open-air stadium at Evraz Place and an estimated $650M of private funding for commercial, retail and mixed housing on both the CP land and the site of Mosaic Stadium. Brent Sjoberg, deputy city manager and RRI project lead, said $600,000 identified in a city report for environmental remediation would cover the cleanup costs on the site.  The city is required to pay a $750,000 deposit with the remaining amount due by Jan. 31, 2013. Before relocating to the Global Transportation Hub, CP will remain on the land until July 2014 under a leasing agreement. If the city purchased the entire 33-acre plot of land as originally planned, it would have been required to pay $30M to relocate CP operations elsewhere, according to the report.

In November, CP announced the senior operations team who will lead the execution of new service plans. Doug McFarlane is appointed SVP US Operations. Guido De Ciccio is appointed SVP Canadian Operations. Scott MacDonald is appointed SVP Operations (System). All three seasoned railroaders will report directly to President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison.

These appointments emphasize highly centralized planning with decentralized execution of the operating plan, driving ongoing service improvement, cost control, and efficient asset utilization. "With the reorientation of the operating team, we are pushing decision making and execution out of the office and into the field," said Harrison. "I expect Doug's and Guido's teams to get closer to the customer with Scott's team, providing them with analytic, policy, and transportation support.

A news interview with the train crew of the last train on the Chalk River Sub. on April 23rd, 2009. on Youtube as of November 9th, 2012.: (Via Jack Leroux)

Canadian Pacific and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1976, which represents approximately 800 clerical and intermodal workers, have entered into a five-year agreement effective Jan. 1, 2013. The current contract was due to expire Dec. 31, 2012.  The new agreement allows for wage increases of 3% in each of the next five years. CP said it “reflects changes that help ensure the CP pension plan is sustainable for employees, current retirees, and CP.”   “Our members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the contract, especially given it provides good wage and benefit improvements,” said USW Local 1976 President Steven Hadden. Eighty-seven percent of the USW membership voted in favor of the contract terms.

CP Vignettes

GREAT SHOT!  Elephant Eared CPR G3 4-6-2 Light Pacific no. 2326 about to depart Windsor Station in Montreal with a westbound passenger train.

Mark A. Perry forwarded this great shot of CPR RS10 8471 blasting out of Montreal West Station with a commuter train bound for downtown Windsor Station.  The round roof Tuscan Red (CC&F 1950’s built) CPR 800-series commuter cars lasted well into the 2000s, and many survive today on tourist trains. In the foreground is a track leading to the Glen Yard Extension, now gone.   


Nothing gets the adrenaline flowing like seeing Big M`s (CP 4704, 4729, a pair of M-636s), rolling southward over the big Parry Sound trestle, 115 ft over the Seguin River. on June 14th, 1979.

©CRO December 2012