Motive Power News

At Venice, IL on January 9th, Mark Mautner caught Candy Apple Red Soo Line SD60 6039 leading UP train OCHSJ-08 with oil loads from CP Chicago to St Johns, LA,

At Stockton, MN on January 15th,  Dennis Weber photographed DM&E Train 637 an empty ethanol tank train midway on a 5-Mile 1.6% grade, with DME SD40-2 6090 leading.

CP GP38-2 Overhaul Update

EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY is overhauling these SOO and CP GP38-2's which will be Tier 0+ compliant, and equipped with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop), and repainted into CP livery.  In mid-January overhauled CP 3126 was released and moved  northbound, arriving in Kirk Yard January 20th destined home to CP.  

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

GP38-2's CP 3038, 3048, 3066, 3111, 3126 and (former SOO) 4414, 4446, 4447, and 4515.


GP38-2's undergoing overhaul at EMD-Progress Rail 

 CP 3024, and SOO 4428, and 4513

Note: CP 4513, built by EMD as Milwaukee Road #363 in Sept. 1974, was acquired by SOO LINE in 1985, and renumbered to SOO 4513 in patched Bandit paint. Never wearing full SOO colours, in 1991 she was repainted into CP red with the small beaver on the long hood. (Photos from Bill Sanderson’s collection)

Freshly overhauled GP38-2's (CP 4414 and 4515) were spotted by Matt Petersen cramming for their load test January 22nd in St. Paul, MN.

On January 29th Ed Weisensel spied freshly overhauled CP GP38-2 4515 (ex-MILW 365 - built Sept 1974), and the "Queen of Quarters" SOO GP38-2 4444 on the ramp in Milwaukee's Muskego yard. Delivered to SOO LINE in February 1981, 4444's unique livery was brilliantly captured by Jim Matuska in Minneapolis New Years Day of 1983. By 1991 - it had received the more familiar red with white italic.

 SOO SD60 Overhaul Update

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are contracted by CP to overhaul several SOO SD60’s and one SD60M to be Tier 0+ compliant, equipped with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop) to conserve fuel, and painted into full CP colours with renumbering into 6200-series.  

Following overhaul on January 12th CAD released CP 6260, the first ex-SOO to wear CP paint!  CP 6260 was moved to St-Luc Yard and two days later departed southbound over the D&H to Binghamton, NY.  It then went along the NS-Southern Tier line to Buffalo, NY, and up to Toronto, ON January 18th. On the 19th it arrived at the Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) yard at Gibson, IN, for furtherance to Bensenville, IL.  


 In Service:

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

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

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

CP SD60 6241 (ex-SOO 6041) released November

CP SD60 6240 (ex-SOO 6040) released October

CP SD60 6250 (ex-SOO 6050) released October


At Cadrail

SOO SD60 6042 arrived on December 2oth

SOO SD60 6029 arrived on January 9th.

SOO SD60 6043 arrived on January 9th.

SOO SD60 6045 arrived on January 9th.

SOO SD60 6054 arrived on January 9th.

Francois Jolin caught the very first SD60M ever in CP paint at Port Henry, NY on January 15th.  Following release from Cadrail overhaul, and on its maiden run, CP 6260 leads CITX 2794, CP 6017 and CP 5957 to Saratoga N.Y on D&H #252 along the frozen shores of Lake Champlain on the CP’s Canadian Main Sub.

John Sesonske photographed CP SD60M 6260 two hours later at Saratoga Springs, NY. Train #252 is seen rolling down the controlled siding towards the Saratoga Runner (Saratoga, NY) to do some yard work prior to heading for Mohawk Yard and Binghamton, NY.

CP SD30C-ECO Update

Canadian Pacific Railway has begun a rebuilding program for aging GP9 and SD40-2 locos. 4-axle GP20C-ECOs should be built in Muncie, IN at the EMD facility.  It is expected, the SD30Cs will be numbered beginning at CP 5000 while the GP20C-ECOs will be numbered beginning at CP 2200. As there are not enough SD40-2’s on the CP roster for this SD30C-ECO project, CP be will utilizing SD40-2’s from their ICE and DME roster as well. 

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. These rebuilt CP locos, due to their age, will need only meet Tier 0+ US emissions standards. CP expects to receive the first locos of the order during the 3rd quarter of 2012.

 Further information about ECO re-powering can be found HERE

The following 20 CP SD40-2's are earmarked for Mayfield - ECO rebuild:

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

CP GP20C-ECO Update

It is expected the GP20C-ECOs will be numbered beginning at CP 2200, (with the SD30Cs beginning at CP 5000). 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.   

Here are the 35 CP GP7u/GP9u total that will 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: *

Almost all are now at CP Port Coquitlam, BC, with eight still to move from Montreal. When space at the shop becomes available, they will move from the CP yard to the SRY for parts removal, and then to ABC Metals siding in Langley, BC., for scrapping.  The parts will be sent to EMD (Progress Rail) in the USA, for remanufacturing program into four-axle GP20C-ECOs at EMD's Muncie, IN, facility. It is estimated 150 four-axle and six-axle locomotives will be constructed at the rate of 60 per year. CP expects to receive the first locos of the order during the 3rd quarter of 2012. 

Another of those destined for the ECO Program, retired CP GP9 8264 (Ex-SOO) was photographed January 16th at Port Coquitlam, BC by Mark Forseille.

ABC Metals in Langley B.C. continues to dismantle and scrap ex-CP GP9u’s.  Doug McKenzie  photographed 1501 which had just been delivered in mid January and the remnants of other Geeps that had encountered the scrapper’s torch.  The scrap yard is only buying the scrap that's left over, another company is actually doing the dismantling and are keeping different parts from each unit as you can see. They expect to cut up one engine per week so they will be at this for a long time as there are over many more units still to go.  (Doug McKenzie photos).

CP Leased Locomotives on the Property in December

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.

HELM: Since mid-November 2011, all HLCX units have been OFF LEASE and stored on CP. As well, a small number are off the property, and in the U.S.  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 January 8th, Dennis Weber caught CP GP38-2 4523 rolling over CP’s Tomah Subdivision with mismatched number boards and unique  flared radiators at LaCrosse, WI, The locomotive was  acquired from the NREX lease fleet, and was originally UP GP40X 955, ex-UP 91, nee-UP 9001.  UP used these on their business train for a short time in the 1980’s.

After waiting a half hour for CN and CP to make arrangements for 626 to complete its journey in Canada, CP SD40-2 5911 trips the hotbox detector at MP 18.3 and we ready our cameras. Dan Tweedle catches her blasting out of Townline Tunnel with 81 loads and four units ascending  upgrade  after ducking under the Welland Canal.

John Soehner submitted a catch of the month with CP #235 leading Arizona Eastern E8 6070 in transit to Chicago on January 8th, from the Saratoga and North Creek RR.  John clicked it crossing the High Bridge at Trenton, and at Stevenson Road in Lovekin, ON.   This E8 was built at LaGrange, IL in 1953 for the Chicago & North Western RR as 5028B and operated out of Chicago on intercity trains, and later in commuter service in the Chicago area. AZER 6070, lettered for the Arizona Eastern, wears the Southern Pacific Black Widow scheme. The Saratoga & North Creek no longer have use for the E8, as they instead use their BL2 and B39-8E on the tourist train.

Evan Deveau clicked this historic power at the Ogden Shops in Calgary AB on December 10th 2011. Retired GMD-built CP FP9A 1400 (ex-Nebkota 55, VIA 6550, nee-CP 4099), and privately-owned FM-built H16-66 7009 (ex-Squaw Creek Coal) and CLC-built CP CFA-16-4 4104.  It is a shame they have already been tagged with graffiti. CP has requested that the two privately owned units be removed from their property over the next few months and stored elsewhere.       

Canadian Pacific News

In December, CP acquired this new rolling stock, a former SP Daylight painted RPO/Baggage car.  CP will renumber the car #105, and modify it into a tool car for the CPR steam train, and repainted Tuscan Red.  Doug MacKenzie shot these photos at the Ogden Shop, (Calgary, AB) in January.   This car will replace the Tool Car # 104 (a 40-foot box car) currently in use.


In January, CP completed the second phase to reduce the number of locomotive repair facilities from eight down to four “super shops” featuring more enhanced repair capabilities.  The Toronto LRC joins similar diesel shops  in Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and St. Paul, Minn. The LRCs will operate 24 hours every day of the week, can perform a variety of locomotive maintenance, including traction motors, wheels and heavy repairs, such as engine and turbo change outs. The Montreal, St-Luc Diesel Shop will continue to do modification work, repairs, and 47 engine change-out’s scheduled for 2012, and any unscheduled change-outs.

Once completed, CP will perform scheduled and unscheduled locomotive repairs only in the four super shops. The LRCs are geographically aligned with the Class I’s major transportation hubs to ensure a steady supply of highly reliable locomotives, CP officials said in a prepared statement.  "The upgraded, consolidated facilities, coupled with the introduction of a lean continuous-improvement approach, allows for standardized processes and practices, and enables improvements in locomotive availability and reliability,” said CP Executive Vice President of Operations Mike Franczak. “Additional benefits include reduced transit times to shops, quicker shop turn times and better quality repairs that drive a more consistent product to CP's customers at a lower cost to the railroad.”

In January,  CP also announced it renewed an agreement with Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. extending to early 2017 that provides the Class I with the vast majority of the shipper's domestic container traffic.   “Our railway has been serving Canadian Tire, one of our largest intermodal customers, for more than eight decades and we will continue to execute on our solid operating plan to foster growth opportunities for both companies," said Jane O'Hagan, CP’s chief marketing officer and EVP of marketing and sales.

In January 2012, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. sent a letter to its shareholders in response to a non-confidence attack from activist Mr.  Bill Ackman, a New York investor preparing to launch a proxy contest to replace the directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.  CP’s reply was presented by Mr. John Cleghorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the letter included these main points:

1) CP has a Multi-Year Plan verified and endorsed by the Board of Directors to drive volume growth, expand the network, and control costs

2) The Board fully supports the CEO and management team

3)  Pershing Square advocated a change in management, but did not present any detailed, credible plan.

4)  Pershing Square does not fully take into account structural difference between CP and peers, as well as rising annual pension costs associated with CP's legacy pension plans

5)  Pershing Square suggests unrealistic operating ratio reduction at pace never before achieved by any railway management team

6)  The Board is open to views of shareholders and encourages Mr. Ackman to accept their offer to join the CP Board, and participate with full knowledge of the facts in execution of CP's Multi-Year Plan.

Canadian Pacific Photos

Aivo Merimets clicked this sight for sore eyes, four CP SD40-2s all in action red paint with the leader (CP 5922)  wearing the multimark! Train 441 with CP 5922, 5910, 5987 and 5978 is moving westbound on the CP Galt Sub at Mile 66 approaching Ayr, Ontario January 22nd,  and the yard at Wolverton where they will make a lift.

Andy Cassidy caught CP ES44AC’s 8906 and 8905 at the west end of the Coquitlam Diesel Shop, (CP Cascade Sub) on September 9th 2011. 

Canadian Pacific Vignettes

Brand new from EMD and her paint barely dry, CPR FP9 4059 is seen in with matching B-unit relegated to hauling cattle cars in October 1954. Later renumbered to CPR 1417. she later had a mishap at the Drake street terminal and fell into the turntable pit in Vancouver.   Steve Morris photo)

Phil Mason snapped this daytime shot of CP train #152 "The Frontenac" at Montreal West, bound for Quebec City in December 1971.  An FP7 and RS10 lead a silver painted CP Rail baggage,  Skyline Dome and Tuscan Red consist. 

Phillip Mason took this great shot of E8 1800 on a CRHA excursion to Drummondvi​lle QC, on March 28th, 1969.  From Foster on the Sherbrooke Sub The train went north to Drummondville. This was originally part of the South Eastern Railway from Richford VT to Sorel QC built back in 1876. CP abandoned their tracks into Drummondville in 1989. The CP line north to Sorel via St. Guillaume was abandoned in 1900!  Drummondville, QC is a large town with long established textile mills.  Before the Canadian Government Railway built the Intercolonial extension to St. Rosalie in 1890, passing through Drummondville, the South Eastern must have been busy.   Phil’s image was taken during the photo runpast at Brookport, QC, at the junction of the Sherbrooke and Newport Subs.  The two remaining CP E8A locomotives were a favourite for excursions out of Montreal in the 1970’s and Phil thinks this was the first use of one of them on a railfan trip. 

Operating in classic long nose forward mode Michael Taylor snapped #402 hauling a short freight through the Welland Townline Tunnel  under the Welland Canal. TH&B GP9 #402 was steam heat fitted for passenger service when built in 1954 and was rebuilt to GP9u as CPR1689 in 1988.  First equally owned by NYC and CPR, the Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo Railway was later a wholly owned subsidiary of the CPR, but still retained its locomotives in its own livery. The TH&B later disappeared becoming part of the CP Rail.  TH&B 401 402 and 403 were all built long-nose ahead with an SG in the short hood.  The TH&B 71-77 were short-nose forward.  

Before CP began their GP9u rebuild program, Ron Visockis shot CP Rail GP9 8680 in Montreal, QC on June 15th, 1984.

John Soehner sent these shots of Bill Sanderson scouting out a photo op and then shooting SOO 4420 trailing the CP power at Smiths Falls Station, on April 12, 2010.  Bill passed away one month ago, December 4, 2011. 

 © CRO February 2012