CP Motive Power News

CP GP38-2 3084 returned to Calgary following repairs in Montreal departing at midnight September 10th.   While in Montreal, the Tuscan Red and grey painted celebrity was assigned to a TEC train, and did weeks of flat switching at St-Luc yard, quite the treat for Quebec based railfans!

Mark Forseille was in the right place to photograph CP FP9A 4106 4107 and CP F9B 1900 at Port Coquitlam, BC on September 4th.

CP Units Retired:

CP retired the following 16 units during August 2012:


CP SW1200RSs 1237, 1239, 1241, 1250, 1251.  (These were the last GMD-built switchers on the roster except for CP 8166 assigned to the Car Department in Thunder Bay, ON).

CP GP7u 1508

CP GP9us 1530,1539, 1574, 1614, 1618, 1691

CP GP40-2s 4654 and 4655  (These were ex-HLCX, nee-B&M)

CP GP9us 8227 and 8239.


Ex-CP 1244 is currently at Coquitlam, BC requiring replacement truck springs before it can be moved to a buyer. 


CP has sold SW1200RSs 1210, 1245, and 1249 to the Ontario Southland Railroad, and all have been delivered.


In recent weeks there seems to be a lot going on at CP locally with respect to motive power.   Coquitlam, BC has two Mother/Daughter sets on hand: CP GP9u 1624/ Daughter/Slug CP 1020, and STLH 1625 and Daughter/Slug CP 1010, (Both Slugs now currently retired)   A set with CP 1624 set was in Coquitlam for some time, and then in 2008 CP swapped the GP9u 1550 from another shop for  STLH GP9u 1625 and Daughter/Slug 1010.  CP 1010 required repairs to get back to operating condition to work with the 1625, but eventually got returned to service.   Although the sets worked well, they were not liked by the operating crews due to the long hood forward configuration of the Daughter Units, so they sat idle frequently, and this has been the case for some time now. In any event, the powers that be in CP  decided to retire the Daughter/Slugs  last month and are to be scrapped. Here you see them for the last time paired up. The connecting power cables have been disconnected and they are ready to be uncoupled for the last time.  The CP 1624 and STLH 1625 (Both GMD GP9us), are expected to stay on the roster for sometime as they are both good running units.

The CP 1010 was originally the CP 6700, a GMD SW8. It still has the switcher trucks that provided us with a lot of maintenance headaches. The CP 1020 was originally the CP 1205, a GMD SW9. It has the more desirable Flexicoil trucks that use standard wheelsets.

Andy Cassidy took these shots of the units on September 20th 2012. :  

CP GP38-2 Overhaul Update:

EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY  continues to overhaul GP38-2s 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, 3126, 3127, 3129 and (former SOO) CP 4414, 4424, 4427, 4428, 4436, 4446, 4447, 4506, 4513, 4514, and 4515.  


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


CP: 3025, 3041, 3042, 3061, 3117, and 3133.

SOO: 4415, 4418, and 4450.  


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


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


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


CP 3124 and 3134.

George Redmond caught CP GP38-2 4436 as the third unit DIT on NB CN  train M335 at Centralia, IL September 1st, the latest to be released from overhaul at EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY.


SOO SD60 Overhaul Update:

SOO SD60 overhaul update:

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) continue to overhaul 19 SOO SD60s 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 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 6046 arrived at Cadrail September 7th

SOO SD60 6030 arrived in Montreal July 24th.

SOO SD60 6021 arrived in Montreal June 25th.

SOO SD60 6036 arrived at Cadrail July 9th

CP SD30C-ECO Update:

The first bunch of CP SD40-2s 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 SD40-2s 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 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 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.


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, 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.   


Four are still stored in Montreal (St-Luc Yard) and remain to be cannibalized for usable components at the SRY shops in New Westminster, BC, and then scrapped.   Almost all of the 35 GP7u/GP9u locos from the list below have been stripped with most already scrapped.










































(Still in Montreal: *).


CP Leased Locomotives on the Property in August



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.

Over the next few months, CP will be storing, and returning to the leaser many of the locomotives currently on lease.  Some are to go to BNSF for Storage at Superior, WI, with some moving elsewhere.

Roman Litarchuk snapped  these leased SD40-2s stored at CP's Moose Jaw, SK  shop on August 23rd, CITX 3060, 3078, 3080, and CEFX 2797, 3105, 3168, 3176, also present in the deadline was CP SD40-2 762, 5902 and GP9u 1573 among others.

 On September 2nd, Roman snapped the stored CP SD9043MACs in Winnipeg, MB with the United Way painted unit  up front!

CP Photos

Jay Butler caught CP loaded ethanol train 640 eastbound through Jeannette, ON with SOO SD60 6032, SD60M 6061 and SD60 6044 as engineer Dave Hughes offers a friendly wave September 2nd.

On the CP River Sub at Goodview, MN on September 1st, Dennis Weber caught ICE train 2271 with CP SD40-2s 5964, 5916 and 6016 all elephant style!

Dennis also snapped BNSF C44-9W 4564 and BNSF ES44AC 5804 on the CP River Sub leading CP Train 608 a heavy loaded tank train of crude oil.

On September 8th, SD40-2s on CP Train 632 are shaking the ground at Dresbach, MN., as ICE 6210, 6212 and DM&E 6359  expedite another  ethanol tank train over the CP River Sub.

On September 9th, Denis clicked DM&E Train 277, with SD40-2s ICE SD40-2 6211, CP 6021, and ICE-6102 passimg Stockton. MN on DM&Es Waseca Sub. 

On September 6th, John Soehner caught CP #205 crossing Mud Lake Trestle, with Smiths Falls yard engines (GP38-2s 3111 and 3032) in tow, headed to the Toronto Shop, presumably for their 90 day inspection.  #205 had front end mixed cars (typical of the old #233), and double stacks on the rear.  The B & B crew has been preparing these prefab12 member bridge tie sections in the flat area west at Feldspar, ON and has them stacked near the Mud Lake Bridge.  It is likely these units will be installed near the end of September, replacing worn bridge members.  Metal catwalks will replace the plank catwalk found only on the north side now.  The two main spans for Mud Lake had new bridge ties installed back around 2009. 


Bob Heathorn snapped an all blue CP consist on westbound CP 643 (ethanol train) about to depart Smiths Falls, ON with a fresh crew September.  The units were CEFX AC4400cw 1051 and SD40-2s ICE 6452, 6410, and 6451.

Nicolas Houde and William Baird visited St-Luc Yard on September 7th and noted the following units.  We noted CP GP38-2 3084 was still in St-Luc yard service but did not get a shot of her. She departed for Calgary on September 10th.

 At the shop:

CEFX AC4400CW 1041

CP GP38-2 3120,

CEFX GP38-3 3804 (It departed to the MMA for furtherance to another railway)

CP SD60 6225

QGRY SD40-3 6913, 6920

CP AC4400CW 8561, 8623, 9523, 9651, 9725, 9764, 9824, 

GP9u 8228, 8252,

CP ES44AC 8842,

CP SD40-2F 9006


In the back shop:


CP GP9u 1509, 8219, 

CP AC4400CW 9716, 9807, 9534,

CP ES44AC 8818, 8854


Dead line:

CP GP9u 1599, 1604,1626, 1630, 8214, 8237, 1639, 8247

CEFX  SD40-2 3065 (green scheme)


AMT Power:

F40PHs 302, 33o, and 400

CP News

CP has announced that the two Christmas trains will be operating again this year.  As was done last year they will use AC4400CWs 9815, and 9824. 

CP also announced in September improved and faster 4-Day intermodal train service connecting Vancouver to Toronto or Chicago.  The new schedules remove a day from the 2,600-mile Toronto to Vancouver transcontinental trains and two days from the 2,200-mile Vancouver to Chicago train service.

On Sept 6th Jim Dorst photographed CP AC4400CW 8547 leading the RCP (Royal Canadian Pacific) eastbound through CP Palliser, BC  on the Mountain Sub.  The locomotive added at Spences Bridge after one of the F-units failed. (At least the lead locomotive  has a beaver crest!)


The Canadian Pacific Railway is looking to close the rail spur that goes to the industrial park in Peterborough, ON, a piece of property the City is eyeing for a potential trail.  The main line has no customers and the costs to repair it are high. CP estimates the swing bridge near Lansdowne Street would cost $400,000 to $500,000 to repair, plus each road crossing needs about $50,000 in repairs and 2,000 to 3,000 ties need to be replaced.
A separate spur line goes to United Canada Malt which CP is considering closing, although the City is looking at funding some upgrades.  Planning director Malcolm Hunt said the business employs about 40 people.  Councilor Lesley Parnell said at Monday night's committee of the whole meeting that those are 40 jobs the City wants to keep, especially since the business is talking about further investment.  A City report noted rail service is vital to the operations of the business and a pre-requisite for further investment.
(Kawartha Media Group)


These sad images from Raymond Farand pretty much tell the whole story.  He was in the upper Ottawa Valley for September 3rd long enough to witness the passing of another tombstone in the continuing dismantlement of the last trans-Valley railway between Ottawa/Smiths Falls and North Bay.  As you can see the bridge across the Chalk River is now railway-less, and by now (Tuesday afternoon) I would imagine that the town of Chalk River has also suffered the same fate.


Patrick De Larue took these photos at Rogers Pass, in British Columbia, with a pair of CP Rail System SD40-2's up front CP 103 exits the Mount Shaughnessey Tunnel  on May 14th 1998.  This is the western exit on the new line to Mount Macdonald Tunnel.

 On October 10th 1995 CP 817 with GE power is seen at the same location. 

CP Vignettes

These CP Rail images are by the late Ron Keith (Deane Motis Collection).   A trio of Dash-2's, in the latest multimark scheme, head west on the north track at Divide, on the Laggan Subdivision while an eastbound complete with a string of vintage hoppers works its way towards Lake Louise. June, 1983.

CP Rail SD40-2 5845 and siblings lead a train over Ottertail Creek Bridge east of Ottertail. Four CP Rail cabooses grace the tail end as they cross the short iconic span in October 1978. Heck, even the brand new Canadian government grain cars look great!   

The greenish silt laden Kicking Horse River stands in sharp contrast to the five SD's climbing their way through the canyon at Glenogle (M.P. 21.8Mountain Sub).  The mixed freight will continue its climb towards Field for a crew change before making its down the length of the Laggan Sub towards Calgary.

In 1983, SD40-2's ruled the line west of Calgary as demonstrated with this shot of SD40-2s  exiting the Lower Spiral Tunnel at Yoho.  On June, 1st 1983 Ron Keith photographed CP SD40-2 5823 leading two siblings at the Lower Spiral Tunnel at Yoho M.P. 129.8  on the Laggan Sub. Note on the rear of the train empty autoracks is descending into the tunnel from above.   In the ensuing years, much has changed. The SD's have been replaced by legions of GE's, overgrowth & trees encroach ever closer to the rail line, and the open auto rack seen above the entrance has long been scrapped.  What has not changed is constant battle against gravity fought by every CP train since the line opened.  Photo by Ron Kieth, Motis Collection.

Scenes as this are usually reserved for the mountain goats that frequent the area west of Exshaw, AB.  Here, CP 5800 leads five other SD40-2s and an empty grain train eastward towards the prairies and yet another load of export wheat.

CRO October 2012