CP Motive Power News

On February 19th at Manvers, ON Michael Da Costa photographed the Sunday morning KLR train east to Havelock with a trio of CP GP38-2’s,  (3066, 3032 and  3038).    The lead unit, CP 3066 is a recent Mayfield, Kentucky overhaul graduate from Progress Rail.

Dan Tweedle shot the newest additions to the CP GEVO fleet, CP 9350 and 9354 passing through Hamilton, Ontario February 22nd. These CP ES44AC units are Tier 3 (GE - serial #60715-60744), and will be numbered in the 9350-9379 series. Two days later, Dan caught CP 9356, 9359, 9360 9361, and 9364 after arriving in Hamilton February 24th.  CP 9360 became the first new GEVO to go on the D&H and went down on CP 696 ethanol train on February 24th to White Hall, NY from Montreal.  On February 27th the following seven units arrived in Toronto: 9351, 9352, 9353, 9355, 9357, 9362, and 9363. On February 28th, 9367 and 9369 arrived, and at month end all were in service.


Delivered new from GE Erie, PA in November 2011,  On January 3rd 2012, Brandon Kilgore clicked CP ES44AC 8951 parked on the IHB Mainline at Gibson Yard in Hammond, Indiana, awaiting a new crew to take it over to CP Bensenville Yard.  CP 8960 arrived on the property back in November 2011, and would be the last of the 8900-series.

On January 30th, Michael Delic snapped CP train 643 at Ajax, Ontario with CP 6045, ICE 6431 and CP 8888 approaching Church Street at MP 185 on the Belleville Sub.  With a covered hopper to protect the front end, the 272 axles of empty ethanol tank cars were returning to Minnesota and the Soo Line.

At Bangor, WI on February 6th, Dennis Weber captured this pure SOO lashup leading an empty unit Ethanol train back to the DM&E with SOO  SD60 6024, 6055 and 6023.

CP GP38-2 Overhaul Update

EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY continued to overhaul SOO and CP GP38-2's for Tier 0+ compliance, equipped them with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop), and repaint them into CP’s current livery.

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

GP38-2's CP 3024, 3038, 3048, 3066, 3111, 3126 and (former SOO) CP 4414, 4428, 4446, 4447, and 4515  

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

CP (ex-SOO) 4513 (Last one)

Overhauled Gp38-2's CP 3024, 3111, 3126, 4414, 4428 have class stenciling DRS-20e on their cabs; presumably CP 4513 will when it emerges from KY.  CP 3038, 3048, 3066, 4446, 4447 and 4515 do not have it.

Gary Everhart caught CP 3126 being returned over CN at Griffin, IN from EMD/Progress - Mayfield KY on January 21st.  CN SD75I 5640 and repainted C40-8M 2400, led CP 3126.  CP GP38-2 3024 and 4428 were released in February as well. Joe Ferguson caught CP 3024 fresh  from Progress at Paducah, KY February 24th.

SOO SD60 Overhaul Update

CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) are finishing up their contract to overhaul several 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.  

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 20th 

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.

CP SD60M 6260 was sent back to CADRAIL - Lachine, QC with a center cab window problem and electrical issues arriving on  February 13th.  It was repaired and three days later was back in service on CP.

CP SD30C-ECO Update

The first groups of CP SD40-2’s 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 SD40-2’s 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 are earmarked for ECO-rebuild

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

On February 2nd George Redmond clicked CN 2615 leading SB train M336 at Effingham, IL with retired CP SD40-2 5789 dead in tow. The locomotive (missing its bell), is destined to Progress Rail for ECO rebuild in Fulton, KY.

Claude Prutton photographed CP Rail 5789 at Coquitlam, BC  back in 1978 when full Multi-marks were the norm, and older narrow striped units were running side by side with wide striped repaints.  

Between February 10th and 13th Chris Bodkin managed to click the following SD40-2’s at Progress Rail in Mayfield KY:  5415, 5672, 5789, 5918, 5933, 5950, 5971, 5980, and 6039.

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: *)

ABC Metals in Langley B.C. continues to dismantle and scrap ex-CP GP9u’s. On January 29th Andy Cassidy visited ABC Metals in Surrey, BC for the first time and clicked all that remains of ex-CP GP7u 1501. ABC Metals is located at Mile 16.2 on the SRY Fraser Valley Subdivision. This locomotive was born over 60 years ago as CPR GP7 8409 (Pictures of her complete were in last month's issue).

CP Leased Locomotives on the Property in February

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 UPDATE:  All HLCX units have been OFF LEASE since mid-November 2011, with 19 currently stored on CP at Coquitlam, BC. The units are” HLCX   6206, 6299, 6340, 6844, 7003, 7008, 7009, 7161, 7193, 7205, 7230, 7231, 7233, 8033, 8085, 8089, 8139, 8163, and 8176. The other unit numbers are now all off the property and in the U.S.A.   

Canadian Pacific News

On February 5th, 2012  nineteen freight cars left the track when a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed along the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minnesota. The freight train was heading north  through southeastern Minnesota around 9:40 AM when the cars derailed. All the cars were empty and no one was injured.  Canadian Pacific is investigating the cause of the derailment.  

On March 3, 2010, CP train 300-02 was traveling east on the Mountain Subdivision approaching KC Junction, B.C. when it was involved in a side collision with westbound CP train 671-037 that had departing Golden B.C,. as it crossed over to the south track.   As a result of the collision, three locomotives and 26 cars derailed. The crew on Train 300-02 was transported to hospital for observation and the locomotive engineer was later air-lifted to a Calgary hospital in serious condition.

As a result of this incident the Canadian Pacific Police Service conducted an investigation into the actions of the crew of Train 300-02 to determine whether any criminal charges were warranted. Results of that investigation were turned over to B.C. Crown Counsel out of Cranbrook B.C. for review and consideration. Crown review of the file resulted in charges of Dangerous Operation of Railway Equipment contrary to Section 249(1) (d) of the Criminal Code being laid against the engineer and conductor for operating train 300-02 in a manner that was dangerous to the public and a marked departure from normal operating practices. 

On December 8, 2011 the ex-engineer pleaded guilty to the charge at the Golden Court and was sentenced by Provincial Court Judge Sheard who imposed a $500 fine with a Victim Fine Surcharge of 15%. During sentencing the ex-engineer apologized to the Court acknowledging that this prosecution may help his former co-workers avoid causing such accidents. He also acknowledged his responsibility to the environment and the City of Golden for his role in causing the accident. The Crown has advised that the public interest has been served in this case and has directed a stay of proceedings on the conductor which will conclude the matter against him. It is significant to note that this case represents the first time a Criminal Code charge of dangerous operation of railway equipment has been laid in Canada.

CP Big Mac's Stored Again

In mid-February all of the CP SD9043MAC's were taken out of service, and placed in storage.  The 18 in Calgary are in “warm” storage and ready to go if needed.  The 40 in Winnipeg, depending on their status could be made ready to go, or are in need of heavier repairs.   These are the last known locations as of February 16th:

40 units in Winnipeg, MB                                                                                                                                                                                          3 units Retired:  9129, 9133, and 9138 in Winnipeg, MB 
18 units in Alyth, AB
2 units in Montreal, QC  (Cadrail engine changeouts 9142/9157)

CP 9100 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 
CP 9101 Arr. Alyth,AB January 27
CP 9102 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 8 
CP 9103 Arr. Alyth,AB January 26
CP 9104 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 4
CP 9105 Arr. Alyth,AB February 4
CP 9106 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9107 Arr. Alyth,AB January 29
CP 9108 Dep. Regina,SK January 12
CP 9109 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 9
CP 9110 Arr. Alyth,AB February 4
CP 9111 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 4
CP 9112 Arr. Alyth,AB January 28
CP 9113 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 10
CP 9114 Arr. Winnipeg,MB September 23
CP 9115 Arr. Winnipeg,MB December 7,2010
CP 9116 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 3
CP 9117 Arr. Alyth,AB January 30
CP 9118 Arr. Alyth,AB January 28
CP 9119 Arr. Alyth,AB January 28 
CP 9120 Arr. Alyth,AB January 28 
CP 9121 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 2
CP 9122 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9123 Arr. Winnipeg,MB Febuary 4
CP 9124 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9125 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 4
CP 9126 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 1
CP 9127 Arr. Weston Shop,MB March 16
CP 9128 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 9
CP 9129          RETIRED 2010
CP 9130 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9131 Arr. Alyth,AB February 1
CP 9132 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 14
CP 9133          RETIRED 2010
CP 9134 Arr. Winnipeg,MB November 15
CP 9135 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9136 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 3
CP 9137 Arr. Alyth,AB January 31
CP 9138          RETIRED 2010
CP 9139 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9140 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 10
CP 9141 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 5
CP 9142 Arr. Inter.Lasalle,Qc April 28
CP 9143 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 6
CP 9144 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 9
CP 9145 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 24
CP 9146 Arr. Alyth,AB January 30
CP 9147 Arr. Alyth,AB January 25
CP 9148 Arr. Winnipeg,MB September 20
CP 9149 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 7
CP 9150 Arr. Alyth,AB January 31
CP 9151 Arr. Alyth,AB January 26
CP 9152 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 9
CP 9153 Arr. Alyth,AB January 28
CP 9154 Arr. Winnipeg,MB February 7
CP 9155 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9156 Arr. Winnipeg IMS,MB Feb.15 at 12:45pm
CP 9157 Arr. Inter.CP Lasalle,Qc April 25
CP 9158 Arr. Winnipeg,MB August 9
CP 9159 Arr. Winnipeg,MB January 5
CP 9160 Arr. Alyth,AB February 2

Canadian Pacific Railway announced February 17th they had asked the Federal Government to appoint a conciliator to help address pension reform in its labour talks with the union representing 4,800 train crew employees and rail traffic controllers.  CP is under pressure from an activist investor, said pension costs are significantly affecting its operating efficiency and ability to invest in growth opportunities.The request for a conciliator from the Minister of Labour starts the clock ticking toward the possibility of a legal strike or lockout. It has a number of proposed options, which CP said were fair to workers and won't affect existing pensioners. CP has contributed $1.9 billion of solvency deficit contributions to its pension plan over the past three years.

Canadian Pacific Railway is using an alternative fueling site at Pasqua  for some of its trains in Southern Saskatchewan, in spite of having a high-speed refueling station in Moose Jaw, SK.  Jim Wiens, the union representative from Canadian Auto Workers Local 101, said the first trial run of bypassing the Moose Jaw station occurred on December 14th and has been used into late February.  CAW Local 101 represents Canadian Pacific employees in various parts of the country, including Moose Jaw. Wiens said that Canpotex (the world’s largest potash exporter), has been running much longer trains.  “The company has made a publicity thing out of how efficient it is to run longer trains. They’ve found now that they can save time on fueling by not using our fuel station here in town. They’ve decided to bypass that and fuel these trains by truck trackside, before they get into town,” Wiens said.  CP insist that there are proper environmental safety precautions in place and there will be no adverse environmental  issues.

Canadian Pacific Photos

On February 26th, Francois Jolin caught CP/D&H dimensional windmill train #600,  kicking  fresh powdery snow as it rolled south on the D&H toward Plattsburgh, NY.

Craig Allen caught SOO SD60’s 6027 and 6051 and CP 9802 idling in London, ON January 15th, and on the 18th, CP train 222 with 9137, 6241 (ex-SOO 6041) and CITX 3060 on CN's Bala Subdivision north of Parry Sound, ON.

Dennis Weber caught some “blues” February 9th as ICE Train 170  (a St. Paul, MN - Kansas  City, MO Manifest freight), with ICE SD40-2 6101, 6450 and CEFX-3130.

Dennis also clicked CP Train 283 (a Chicago, IL - St. Paul, MN Manifest), with SOO SD60 6031 and CP ES44AC 8860.

While railfanning on the CP Tomah Sub February 16th, Dennis caught CP Train 694 with CP ES44AC 8853, CEFX AC4400CW 1029, and CP ES44AC 8816 blasting through Bangor, WI. The same day at the same spot, Dennis snapped CP GP38AC 3018 with roadswitcher Q68.

On February 19th Dennis Weber caught four SD40-2’s (ICE 6431, DME  6095 and two leased from NREX and CITX) on the Tomah Sub at Sparta, WI.   This CP manifest train originates on the DM&E, and runs from Huron, SD to Chicago, IL. 

Dennis also snapped Chicago to Vancouver hotshot CP train 119 expediting bilevel racks over the Tomah Sub on February 19th, at Tunnel City, WI with CP ES44AC 8823 and AC4400CW 9583. 

At the tail end of an eastbound led by CP 8786 and CP 9714, (the latter an ex-holiday train leader), Michael Berry caught ex-CN private car "Tioga Pass" and four flatcars with Canadian military equipment (a Hummer, two tanks and self-propelled army crane) passing through Dorval, QC on February 18th. Adding colour to the train was freshly painted Saskatchewan grain hopper SKPX 625312.

On a trip to Banff, AB February 5th, Cor van Steenis caught two unit grain trains an eastbound east of Banff and this westbound at majestic Castle Junction in beautiful 12 degree Celsius weather.

On December 4th 2011, Mark Forseille grabbed this fine roster shot of CP ES44AC 8918 sitting in the sun at Port Coquitlam, BC.

Andy Cassidy photographed CP GP38AC 3010 and 3011 with a work train of ballast cars and tail end “van” (CP 434556) passing westbound at Kennedy Road, Mile 109.4, on the CP Cascade Sub November 11th, 2011.

Andy also submitted roster shots of CP Sw1200RS 1244 on Track X-29, at the Coquitlam Yard, (Mile 111.9, CP Cascade Sub) on November 20th, 2011. 

Canadian Pacific Vignette

John Dziobko photographed this set of MLW-built power at the (Toronto) Agincourt Yard.  CPR C424 4210, RS3, RS18 and FA-2 are shown moving to the departure Yard in June 1968.  We invite you to view more photos at

Bruce Chapman snapped a great shot of a CPR FP9A that clearly shows the roof details, like the Oscillating twin spot lights, horns, tall CP Winterization Hatch,  and trio of  Icicle Breakers.  CPR 1418 is seen with C424 4203 and GP35 5003 at Smiths Falls on freight train #906 destined to St. Luc Diesel Shop (Montreal) for repairs, 1/22/66.

Phil Mason caught the westbound train #1 (the Canadian) on the north track pulling into the CP station at Dorval, Quebec in January 1970.  This structure was demolished in the early 1980’s and was replaced with a commuter station. The two A-units are sandwiching an RS10.  

I for one, was very surprised to learn that at one time SOO LINE rostered a trio of EMD SD45’s!  Bob Heathorn was kind enough offer  our CRO staff photographic proof as well. In the mid-1980’s SOO acquired a trio of ex-Burlington Northern (BN) SD45's. Bob caught two of the three in St Paul, MN during 1988.  One of the trio was used only as a parts source to keep the other two running. The operational SD45’s (SOO 6491 and 6492) were assigned to heavy transfer service in the St Paul area, and remained in captive service and close to the SOO shops  during their short career.  Similarly, two SOO LINE “Dolly Sisters” (Alco RS27's 415 and 416), rarely ventured far from the home shop. This pair were adored by railfans but were prone to failures.

Bill Miller provided the history of these SD45’s:

  • SLSF 910 to BN 6659 to SOO “Parts Source” to MK rebuilt to "SD40M-2" SP 8586, and retired (likely stored on MNA now).
  • SLSF 930 to BN 6678 to SOO 6491 to MKCX 9528 to WC 9528 to WC 6638 to WC 7638 to NREX 6418, and now scrapped.
  • BN 6552 to SOO 6492 to MK rebuilt to "SD40M-2" SP 8587 to UP 2663 and retired (likely stored on MNA now).

For a 1980 Railroad Day celebration in Superior WI SW9 2119 received a blue wave line and special lettering. Not wanting to slight Duluth MN, SOO treated 2118 likewise. The switchers are two of the three switchers that can be operated in multiple with each other. (Bob Heathorn)

The original Wisconsin Central Railway purchased a sole SD9 in 1954 for their Milwaukee Turn, and for pusher service on Byron Hill south of Fond du Lac, WI. This assignment was discontinued and she was placed into system-wide service. It became SOO LINE 2381 in 1961 and was retired in 1984.  The first shot shows SOO 2381 at Manitowoc, WI in  1962, and the second was taken at Superior WI August in 1978, (Bob Heathorn collection).

©CRO March 2012