CP ES44AC GEVO 9363 was snapped by Mark Forseille at Port Coquitlam, BC on Mar 17th, 2012.

CP Motive Power News

In April, CP transferred 153 AC4400CWís formerly based at Montreal (St-Luc Diesel Shop) to Toronto (Agincourt Yard) for their assigned maintenance.   The numbers are 9530-9599, 9615-9629, 9631-9683, 9700-9702, and 9704-9714.  

CP Units Activated

The following 16 CP SD9043MACís are back in service as of April 14th;    9101, 9105, 9107, 9108, 9110, 9112, 9117, 9119, 9120, 9131, 9134, 9137, 9146, 9150, 9153, and 9160. 

CP Units Retired


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.  

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

CP: 3057, 3062, 3127, and 3129

SOO: 4418, 4424, 4427, 4436, 4450, 4506 and 4514.


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

CP 3033, 3103, and 3134,

SOO  4426. 

Five GP38-2ís were photographed by Ken Lanovich moving dead in tow over CN from Markham Yard on March 20th. Destined for Progress Rail in Paducah, KY on CN o-490 behind CN C40-8W 2181 were CP 3057, and SOO 4514, 4424, 4506, and 4427.

On April 17th, the Markham Yard local with IC 9635 gathered up four CP/SOO GP38-2`s to move south to Progress Rail in Kentucky.  CP 3127, and SOO 4418, 4436 4450 all in red with only SOO 4436 in white.  Usually these are set out at Kankakee, and then a southbound freight picks them up.  

Joe Ferguson snapped the following GP38-2ís at Mayfield, KY April 3rd: SOO 4424, 4506, and 4514.    


Ed Weisensel snapped overhauled CP GP38-2 4513 headed to St. Paul through Duplainville, WI on train 281 March 30th.  Of note, the former Milwaukee Road loco wore for years wore the ďbaby beaver scheme (Ed shot her in 2006),  the Canadian Pacific was right-justified on the conductorís side.

SOO SD60 Overhaul Update

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) continue to overhaul 15 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 6243 (ex-SOO 6043) released on April 20th 2012

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

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


At Cadrail:

SOO SD60 6057 arrived at Cadrail April 2nd

SOO SD60 6023 arrived at Cadrail March 30th

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.


Dorval, QC is certainly not a unique photo location, but remains a good place to sit, watch trains and work on model railway kits. On April 13th Ken Goslett snapped CP train 234 with SD60 6254 leading  SD40-2ís ICE 6440, ICE 6436, and CP 6043.

Dave Burroughs snapped this CP trio at Guelph Jct on April  2nd. CP 147 had SD60 6240, SD60M 6260,and SD60 6254.

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.

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: *)

Five more CP GP9u's were moved from the SRY Diesel Shop in New Westminster in late March for  scrapping at ABC Metals in Langley, BC, and likely already cut up by now. The five units, CP 1565, 1588, 1611, 1621 and 1644 were photographed inside and outside the SRY Diesel Shop by Mark Forseille, on March 19th.      

On April 20th GP7uís  CP 1503, 1505, and GP9uís 1569, 1617, and 1696  were moved from CP Coquitlam Yard to the SRY facility for removal of parts.  Andy Cassidy bagged them at the Coquitlam Diesel Shop sitting on the fast track waiting for a ride over to the SRY in New Westminster. This would be their last ride on CP's rails, as they too are heading to the scrappers torch at ABC Metals.

CP Leased Locomotives on the Property in April

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

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.

UPDATE: In April, all the CEFX SD40-2ís were OFF LEASE and stored at various locations on CP, except the following two units which have remained in service: CEFX 3151 and 3184.   

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.

UPDATE: In April, all the CITX SD40-2ís were OFF LEASE and stored at various locations on CP, except the following 17 units that remain in service:  CITX 2785, 2796, 3008, 3036, 3054,3057, 3072, 3081, 3086, 3088, 3089, 3091, 3092, 3095, 3097, 3102, and 3170.

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: In April, all the NREX SD40-2ís were OFF LEASE and had been returned to the USA.

CEFX GP38-3ís 3803 and 3804 were photographed by Mark Gillings at the Progress Rail facility in Tacoma, WA March 12th, the pair arriving at CP-Coquitlam Yard on April 9th, and arrived at St. Paul. MN on April 18th. As of April 25th, all five were in service.

CP Photos

Ken McCuthcheon snapped CP ES44AC 8921 in Assiniboia, SK on March 10th, which naturally evokes memories of another locomotive that wore the same number, CPR RSD17 8921 the ďEmpress of Agincourt.Ē

On April 4th, Dennis Weber clicked CP Train 603 St. James, LA to New Town, ND with a crude oil empty.  The UP locomotives SD70ACe 8521 and C44-9W 9766 are  run through power from UP. 

Dennis also caught CPRS SD40-2 6017 and ICE SD40-2 6422 between assignments at La Crosse, WI on April 4th. 

April 24th Ed Weisensel pulled off an SD60M trifecta (hat trick for those north of the border) in Milwaukee. CP SD60M 6260 trailed on a very long 491 train at 13:40, SOO SD60M 6059 was snoozing on the Muskego yard ramp with CP AC4400CW 9544, and 281 was led by SOO SD60M 6062 with SD60 6038 trailing.

On April 5th, at Minnesota City, MN Dennis bagged this great lash-up with SD60 6240, SD60M 6260, SD60 6254 (still together!) with ICE SD40-2 6421 and SOO SD60M 6058 on Train 277, a Chicago To  Huron  S.D.  Manifest.

Dennis clicked railfan favourite CP ES44AC 8888 at Dakota, MN April 18th, on CPís River Sub.

Winning the lottery again on April 24th, Dennis bagged SOO GP38-2 4444 on the CP Tomah Sub.

On March 30th, Ron Visockis caught CP ES44AC 8779 eastbound at Belleville, ON.

Beneath interstate highways I-43/94 just south of downtown Milwaukee, with her  crew ďat beansĒ, Ed Weisensel snapped former Milwaukee Road GP40 CP 4611 on the East Yard  job Saturday April 7th.  

Ed also caught loaded CP coke train 800, destined for LaFayette, IN, rolled thru Milwaukee, WI March 28th with INRD SD9043ís 9004 and 9009. Ed Weisensel caught them approaching the KK bridge Ė where the eastbound signal bridge is shedding its  black paint revealing  Milwaukee orange, looking similar to some remaining MILW bandit locomotives on the SOO roster.

Through pouring rain, Alex Pallo Jr. snapped CP ES44AC 9371 leading train 115 at Christie Lake ON. (Mile 23.6 CP Belleville Sub) on April 10th.

Mark Forseille bagged a trio of CP SD40-2ís still going strong, each in a different livery: ďExpresswayĒ CP 5742 at Port Coquitlam, BC March  25th, CP Rail System 5723 at  Port Coquitlam Mar 17th, and wearing the current livery, CP 6015 at Fraser Mills, BC April  7th.

CP News

The seven track CPR yard just east of the Calgary Tower on 9th Avenue was removed in Late March (see to left of locomotive 8901 in photo). You can still see the old yard on Google Maps. The IYO (Industrial Yard office) there remains but is boarded up. The four depot tracks in the downtown terminal are still in service; the potash train in the photo waits on one of them. A replacement 4-track yard has been built at Manchester on the McLeod Sub., south of the south wye at 12th Street. (Cor van Steenis photo) Doug McKenzie took these shots when the 7-track yard was in service. 

Andy Cassidy snapped unpowered Control Cab CP 1126 (ex- CP  GP35,  5002) leading the Mother unit CP GP38-2 3026 in switching duties at the Coquitlam Yard after receiving an annual inspection at the Diesel Shop in-late December 2011. The Slug is need of a new paint job that will probably never come.  

CP Vignettes

In June 1976, Dave Burroughs photographed the Guelph Junction operator hooping  orders to the engineer of the westbound Extra at  Campbellville, ON.   CP Rail M636 4720, the station at Guelph Jct, and order board are all history now.

On a cold, overcast winter day in the 1970ís Dave Burroughs snapped  a pair of CP Rail C424's (4233-4224) and a CPR  FA-2 in Tuscan red and gray with script lettering leading an eastbound train out of Agincourt Yard (Toronto, ON) toward the Belleville Sub. Note the stock cars characterized by the lime coating on the lower part of the body, and the CP Transport truck trailers. If you look carefully, you will also find box cars painted red, yellow and green with the CP Rail Multimark.

CPís Assiniboia Tramp heads home with a grain pickup train from Corinach, SK on the Fife Lake Subdivision. Bill Hooper snapped this quartet of GP38-2ís near MP 36 Fife Lake Sub at Rockglen, SK back on July 17th, 2000.  Currently this subdivision is operated by short line Great Western Railway.

©CRO May 2012