Motive Power News:

In October, 30 CP ES44AC, and 28 AC4400CW units were leased to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

The 58 GE’s on lease to BNSF (as of October 27th, 2013) are:

Andy Cassidy photographed four of these leased units: CP 8797, 9529, 9582, and 8882 on BNSF Job #102 South At 4th Ave., Mile 16.0, CP Marpole Spur in New Westminster, BC on October 3rd.

After the air compressor failed on CP F9B 1900, and plagued with ground relay problems, on September 28th she was stored unserviceable at the Alyth Diesel Shop in Calgary, AB. On October 4th, she was billed to National Railway Equipment in Silvis, IL and then moved the second week of October on a CP freight from Calgary to Winnipeg, MB. From there, she was forwarded to Nahant. IA. Just over a week later, on October 25th, CP 1900 was released from NRE and at press time was ready to be returned to CP.

CP FP9Au 1401 had been acting up of late, and in October was sent to the Alyth Diesel Shop for repairs. CP FP9Au 4106 and 4107 will get a rest too, as there are no more Royal Canadian Pacific trains scheduled until next Spring.

CP SD40-2 5913 has been sold, and in October was enroute to NRE – Silvis to be fixed up for HELM.

CP units Retired:

Ending on November 4th 2013, CP held another Auction Sale to dispose of their retired locomotives. As we went to press in late October, these units were Retired, and will be added to the list below; SOO GP40’s 2016, and 2057 , and CP SD40-2’s 5902, 5924, and 5992, and CP SD40-2 6022.

CP locomotives retired, declared surplus, stored or sold:

List from the auction sale, plus the most recently RETIRED units, with some SOLD since then, as indicated below).
ICE GP9 103 RETIRED 2013
SOO SD40-2 762 RETIRED 9/30/11
SOO SD40-2 769 RETIRED 3/28/12
CP SLUG 1002 RETIRED March 2013, and SCRAPPED May 2103
CP SLUG 1010 RETIRED 7/7/12
CP SLUG 1011 RETIRED in January 2013;
CP SLUG 1012 RETIRED SOLD to SLM Recycling AUGUST 2013
CP SLUG 1013 RETIRED SOLD to SLM Recycling AUGUST 2013
CP SLUG 1020 RETIRED 7/7/12
CP SLUG 1024 RETIRED SOLD to SLM Recycling AUGUST 2013
CP SLUG 1152 RETIRED SOLD to SLM Recycling AUG 2013
CP SLUG 1156 RETIRED SOLD to SLM Recycling AUG 2013
CP SLUG 1159 RETIRED SOLD to SLM Recycling AUG 2013
CP FP7A 1400 RETIRED 12/14/11
STLH GP7u 1502 RETIRED 10/25/12
CP GP7u 1507 RETIRED 2013
CP GP7u 1508 RETIRED 8/29/12
CP GP9u 1514 RETIRED 5/17/12
CP GP0u 1522 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1529 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1535 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1538 RETIRED 8/29/12
CP GP9u 1539 RETIRED 2013
CPGP9u 1540 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1541 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1543 RETIRED 9/30/11 Scrapped 10/16/13
CP GP9u 1545 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1546 RETIRED 10/25/12 Scrapped 10/13/13
CP GP9u 1549 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1550 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1557 RETIRED 9/26/12
CP GP9u 1564 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1571 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1578 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1573 RETIRED 3/28/12
CP GP9u 1574 RETIRED 10/25/12 Scrapped 10/18/13
CP GP9u 1587 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1596 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1598 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1599 RETIRED 1/31/13
CP GP9u 1601 RETIRED 2013
CP GP0u 1602 RETIRED 2013 Had worked with SLUG 1015 in Toronto. SOLD TO RESPONDEK in SEPT 2013.
CP GP9u 1607 RETIRED during September 2012
CP GP9u 1609 RETIRED during September 2012
CP GP9u 1610 RETIRED SEPT 2012, Stripped at SRY SEPT 2013
CP GP9u 1614 RETIRED 8/16/12
CP GP9u 1615 RETIRED 9/30/11
STLH GP9u 1625 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1628 RETIRED 10/25/12 Scrapped 10/18/13
CP GP9u 1629 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1631 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1632 RETIRED 2/8/12
CP GP9u 1636 RETIRED 3/28/12 SCRAPPED 5/26/13
CP GP9u 1639 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP GP9u 1642 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1647 RETIRED 3/28/12
CP GP9u 1651 RETIRED 2013
CP GP7u 1684 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1688 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1690 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 1692 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP GP9u 1694 RETIRED (Date Unknown) SCRAPPED May 2013
SOO GP40 2064 RETIRED 2013
CP GP38AC 3014 RETIRED AUGUST 2013 (This is the first CP GP38AC to be retired following collision with freight cars which bent the units frame).
DME GP38 3802 RETIRED and Scrapped (date unknown)
DME GP40Q 4000 RETIRED (date unknown)
CP GP40-2 4615 RETIRED 2013
CP GP40-2 4616, RETIRED 2013
CP GP40-2 4651 RETIRED 2013 (SOLD to MEI in late-September)
CP GP40-2 4654 RETIRED 2013 (SOLD to MEI, now USSC 503)
CP GP40-2 4655 RETIRED 2013 (SOLD to MEI, now USSC 504)
CP GP40-2 4656 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40M-2 5490 RETIRED 10/25/12
CP SD40M-2 5491 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP SD40M-2 5493 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP SD40M-2 5492 RETIRED 10/25/12
STLH SD40-2 5593 RETIRED during October 2012
CP SD40-2 5573 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP SD40-2 5690 RETIRED AUGUST 2013
CP SD40-2 5827 RETIRED
CP SD40-2 5843 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP SD40-2 5902 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2 5913 RETIRED 2013, SOLD to NRE October 2013 for HELM
CP SD40-2 5924 RETIRED AUGUST 2013
CP SD40-2 5992 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2 6604 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP SD40-2 5793 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP SD40-2 5729 RETIRED 9/30/11
ICE SD40-2 6413 RETIRED 9/26/12 (Wrecked on the CSX)
CP SW1200RS 8166 RETIRED 2013, SOLD to RESPONDEK in July 2013.
CP GP9u 8204 RETIRED 2013 Scrapped 10/10/13
CP GP9u 8213, RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8214 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP GP9u 8219 RETIRED 2013
CP CP9u 8227 RETIRED 8/29/12
CP GP9u 8228 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8230 RETIRED 9/30/11
CP GP9u 8232 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8237 RETIRED 8/29/12 Scrapped 10/16/13
CP GP9u 8241 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8244 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8247 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8251 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8263 RETIRED 2013
CP GP9u 8275 RETIRED 2013 Scrapped 10/10/13
CP SD40-2F 9000 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9002 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9005 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9010 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9016 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9018 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9019 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9022 RETIRED 2013
CP SD40-2F 9024 RETIRED 2013

Still stored in Winnipeg, MB are the remaining SD9043MACs (CP 9100-9128, 9130-9132, 9134-9137 and 9139- 9160), and supposedly remain for sale, even though the CP Surplus Sale has ended.

The following rebuilt CP and SOO SD60/SD60M units are for sale or lease:

Sold for scrap last month, ex-CP YARD CONTROL UNIT 1159 and 1012 , (Two former SW1200RS units) are seen on the tail end of the lash up as they head back towards their train on the Dundurn Street/Aberdeen Wye, after setting off their steel loads at Aberdeen Yard. They pair arrived at SLM Recycling Welland. ON in September, and will be cut up for scrap. (Ryan Gaynor photo)


CP GP38-2 overhaul update:

The overhaul of GP38-2 and GP38AC locomotives to Tier 0+ compliance, upgrading with AESS (Automatic Engine Start/Stop), and repainting them into CP livery had been spread over three facilities: EMD-Progress Rail, National Railway Equipment, and CAD Railway Industries in recent months however, CP has been utilizing only NRE and CADRAIL to complete the SOO, D&H, and CP GP38-2,and CP GP38AC fleets.

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

CP 3024, 3025, 3038, 3040, 3041, 3042, 3048, 3057, 3061, 3062, 3066, 3111, 3117,3126, 3127, 3128, 3129, 3133, and (former SOO) CP 4414, 4415, 4418, 4424, 4427, 4428, 4436, 4446, 4447, 4450, 4506, 4513, 4514, and 4515 completing the contract. No more CP GP38-2's have been scheduled for overhaul at EMD-Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY:

GP38-2’s / GP38AC’s released from NRE (Silvis, IL):

CP 3001, 3007, 3017, 3023, 3033, 3050, 3075, 3084 (CPR Script), 3103,3124, 3134,
CP (ex-SOO) 4426, 4439, and 4449
CP (ex-STL&H, exx-D&H, nee-LV) GP38-2 7308 (the first ex-D&H GP38-2)
CP GP38AC 3007 is the first GP38AC to be completed and released. It is interesting to note that the locomotive designation “GP38AC” remains below the cab road numbers on overhauled CP 3001. CP 3000-3020 are straight GP38AC's and do not have any of the Dash 2 electronics. The major difference between the two is the performance control electronics where the 38AC has to be set manually, and the Dash-2 is set by modual- cards. NRE will not be not be altering their original GP38AC classification. All of these photos by Kenneth Larson were taken with permission at NRE in Silvis, IL.

In late-October, and fresh from their NRE-overhaul and repaint, CP GP38AC 3001, and CP GP38-2’s 4400 and 4429 arrived in Vancouver, BC. The Candy Apple trio are assigned to the CP Coquitlam Shop, and at press time they were in local and transfer service.

GP38AC’s and GP38-2’s for overhaul at NRE (Silvis, IL):

CP locomotives on NRE property in October: CP GP38AC 3005, 3010, 3013, 3017, 3020, GP38-2 3074, 3096. CP (ex-D&H) 7307, 7309, CPRS 7310, CP 7311, D&H 7312 SOO 4400 (with wreck damage), and SOO 4441 KJ Larson shot ex-E&N (patched green) CP GP38AC 3005 just after it arrived and GP38-2 3024, two of the units awaiting overhaul at NRE Silvis (Taken by KJ Larson, with NRE permission).

On October 25th, K.J. Larson photographed repaired CP F9B 1900 ready for IAIS pick-up, as well as CP 4414 after wreck repairs on her front pilot. Both will now return to CP.


CP 3005, 3010 (a late arrival), 3013, 3017, 3020, 3074, 3096, 7307, 7309, 7312, and 4441 are all on the property for rebuild at NRE. CP 3017 is complete, and was going through testing and fixing. Earmarked for overhaul but not at NRE as of yet are CP GP38-2 3024, 3070, and 3102. CP 3134 was released in October and CP 3017 had been painted and was testing in mid October prior to delivery. CP F9B returned to NRE in mid October. Repairs were completed by October 25th.

Completed CP 3001, 3023, 3050 and 3075 were all released in September. NRE currently has CP GP38AC 3013, 3017, 3020, GP38-2 3074, 3096, and three ex-D&H GP38-2’s 7307, and 7309, and D&H 7312 on the property for overhaul, and CP Candy Apple Red repaint. As well, SOO 4441 and 4449 are at NRE in process of overhaul. Completed CP 4449 (ex-SOO), and CP 3023 were shipped from NRE in the beginning of September, Ex-SOO 4441 is in the process of overhaul, and CP 4439 was completed, and released in August.

During October, CP 4414 was released from NRE after her pilot was repaired, she was overhauled at Progress Rail last year. CP 3134 returned to NRE in October for a cracked engine block repair. CP 3013 was inside the paint shop and CP 3017 is complete and testing on the property and SOO 4441 has just completed her sand blast.

NRE currently has 16 units scheduled for the CP overhaul program with the CP 3010 and 3096 coming out this year. They also have an ex-IC GP10 going to Kent Corporation, and two former LMX/RLCX B39-8's for DAK Americas, (8517 and 8528). NRE are working on several units for Savage as well. NRE has the last of a three unit order for the US Army with 3GS21B #6515 almost ready to ship. NRE has an extensive dead line of 425 units for parts and scraping. Just looking at the Canadian-related deadline units, NRE currently has stored: Ex-CP SD10 534, ex-SOO/CP SD40-2’s 770, 783, 785, two former Neptune Bulk Terminal slugs 806, 807, ex-CP slug 1018, ex-CP SW1200rs’s 1237, 1250, 1251, ex-CN SW1200RS 1349, ex-CN GMD1’s 1905, 1907 and 1915, ex-CN HR616’s 2100, 2106, 2107, 2112, 2113, ex-SOO SW1200 2119, ex-CP SD40-2’s 5404, 5413, 5417, 5431, 5581, 5661, 5668, 5760, 5777, 5823, ex-CN/GTW SD40 5917,ex-CP SD40-2 6406, 6409, ex-WC SD45;s 6420, 6597, 7508, 7528, ex-CN FP7Au 9164, NREX 801, NREX 4404 (Ex-CP SD40-2)

Here is a photo sampling of a few of the Canadian locomotives stored in the deadlines at the NRE facility in Silvis. IL (Photos courtesy K.J. Lawson):

In other NRE NEWS:

NRE currently has a 20 unit international order for Kenya, utilizing 20 old ATSF B23-7's, with 10 to get complete overhauls.

After the air compressor failed on CP F9B 1900, and plagued with ground relay problems, on September 28th she was stored unserviceable at the Alyth Diesel Shop in Calgary, AB. On October 4th, she was billed to National Railway Equipment in Silvis, IL and then moved the second week of October on a CP freight from Calgary to Winnipeg, MB. From there, she was forwarded to Nahant, IA, and on to NRE Silvis for warranty repairs. She was repaired and released from NRE in late October. CP SD40-2 5913 was enroute to NRE in late-October and will be fixed up for HELM.

GP38-2’s released from CAD Railway Industries (Lachine, QC) :


CP GP38-2’s for overhaul at CAD Railway Industries:

STLH GP38-2 7306 (ex-D&H Arrived in October)
CP GP38-2 3130 (Arrived in August)
CP GP38-2 3027 (Arrived in June) The slug (CP 1127) that previously worked with GP38-2 3027 was retired and scrapped in Moose Jaw, SK in May 2013.

SOO SD60 overhaul update:

Over the last month CP has been utilizing several rebuilt SD60’s, CP 6229, 6240, 6247, 6248, 6251, 6257, 6262 and others on regular trains and in (MTL-TOR) Expressway Service for locomotive testing, and if needed get tweaked at CADRAIL. As well, other CP rebuilt SD60’s have been leased to Quebec- Gatineau (QGRY), often operating on CP grain trains.

CP 6251 and 6226 were the last CP SD60’s rebuilt, and released by CAD Railway Industries (Lachine, QC). CAD remains contracted to do warranty repairs on all the completed CP units. The overhauls included Tier 0+ compliance, installation of AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop) to conserve fuel, and CP repaint and renumbering into the CP 6200-series. None received any cab upgrades. The rebuilt units also each received (PTC) Positive Train Control modifications at the CP St-Luc Diesel Shop. Back on June 28th, 2013, CP announced they were seeking expressions of interest and bids for all (or part) of their 42 unit SOO LINE SD6o/SD60M Fleet including the CAD rebuilt CP SD60/SD60M’s. Aside from those CP 6200-series units recently activated and in service, the other serviceable CP 6200-series locos remain stored, with their stacks capped. All the SOO painted SD60’s are stored unserviceable, and remain for sale. CP is seeking a buyer, or lease with a buyout option for the entire fleet.

On October 25th, Geoff Elliott photographed CP SD60 6257 leading train 235-25 through MP 94.0 on the Windsor Sub., at Belle River, ON.

Completed CADRAIL unit tally as of November 1st:

CP SD60 6226 (ex-SOO 6026) painted and complete August 30th, 2013
CP SD60 6251 (ex-SOO 6051) released in late-August 2013
CP SD60 6232 (ex-SOO 6032) painted and complete August 18th, 2013
CP SD60 6222 (ex-SOO 6022) painted and complete July 30th, 2013
CP SD60 6247 (ex-SOO 6047) released June 22nd, 2013
CP SOO 6248 (Ex-SOO 6048) released June 15th, 2013
CP SD60M 6262 (ex-SOO 6062) released April 29th, 2013
CP SD60 6239 (ex-SOO 6039) released April 29th, 2013
CP SD60M 6259 (ex-SOO 6059) released in April 2013
CP SD60M 6258 (ex-SOO 6058) released in April 2013
CP SD60 6231 (ex-SOO 6031) released January 20th, 2013
CP SD60 6249 (ex-SOO 6049) released December 21st , 2012
CP SD60 6238 (ex-SOO 6038) released December 4th, 2012
CP SD60 6256 (ex-SOO 6056) released November 29, 2012
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

Undergoing overhaul at CAD Railway Industries


SOO SD60’s Stored Unserviceable, and for sale “as is” include: SOO 6024, SOO 6027, SOO 6032, SOO 6033, SOO 6035, SOO 6037, SOO 6044, SOO 6053, and SOO 6061, The very last active SOO LINE painted SD60 was SOO 6048, which had been leased to Montreal Maine and Atlantic (MMA) before the Lac Megantic incident, and is now stored.

CP SD30C-ECO update

The first 18 units (CP 5000-5017) of the 20 SD30C-ECO order have been delivered from Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY. Two more will complete the order.

Rebuilt from SD40-2 cores and frames at the EMD-Progress Rail Shop in Mayfield, KY., they are powered by a new 12 cylinder 3000 hp 12-710G3F engine. These SD30C-ECO locomotives meet Tier 0+US emissions standards and are assigned to St. Paul. MN. As their production is behind schedule and delivery was delayed, EMD will be compensating CP.

Further information about ECO re-powering can be found here:

The following 20 CP SD40-2's will be completed into CP SD30C-ECO 5000-5019 this year: 5415, 5672, 5691, 5728, 5734, 5735, 5745, 5789, 5869, 5918, 5933, 5934, 5950, 5971, 5980, 5983, 6027, 6039, 6056 and 6606

Still to be confirmed officially, the second order would utilize these SD40-2's and SD40-2F's earmarked for ECO rebuild beginning in 2014: SD40-2’s 5648, 5787, 5795, 5844, 5924, 5930, 5931, 5940, 5944, 5947, 5948, 5967, 5997, 5998, and 6006, and SD40-2F’s: 9000, 9002, 9005, 9010, 9016, 9018, 9022, and 9024.

On October 4th, Joe Ferguson noted CP SD30C-ECO 5018, CP GP20C-ECOs 2235 and 2239 were shipped from Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY in fresh paint, (Joe Ferguson photo with thanks).

CP GP20C-ECO update

CP’s second order (#20127752), for 40 more GP20C-ECO units numbered CP 2230-2269 have begun to be delivered. (See photos), All units from the first order of 30 GP20C-ECO units (CP 2200-2229) have been delivered from EMD’s Muncie, IN plant. As of October 31st, those on the property were all are in service assigned to St-Paul, MN, except for a half dozen operating in Canada. On October 12th, brand new GP20C-ECO units 2240, 2242, 2243, and 2244 arrived at Alyth Yard, in Calgary, Alberta. (John Peakman photos), Shortly after the photos were taken, the quartet were split up, and on October 23rd,CP GP20C-ECO 2243 and 2240 found their way up to Edmonton, AB.

The following GP7u/GP9u locos have already been scrapped at ABC Metals with their parts incorporated into the GP20C-ECO program.

CCP 1501, 1503, 1505, 1515, 1519, 1525, 1528, 1565, 1566, 1567, 1568, 1569, 1570, 1581, 1587, 1588,1603, 1609, 1611, 1617, 1621, 1638, 1644, 1647, 1649, 1682,1687, 1692, 1696, 1697, 8224, 8229, 8240, 8242,and 8264.

Non-Montreal assigned CP GP9u’s CP 1545, 1564, 1651, and 8244 are stored with stacks capped at St-Luc. Montreal assigned CP 8241, 8219, 8247, 8228. 1690 (ex-TH&B), and 1688 (ex-TH&B), are also still stored at St-Luc Yard. CP 1608 had been stored at St-Luc, but in October was donated by CP to Exporail.

Retired ICE GP9 103, and unserviceable ICE GP9’s 105 and 114, (all ex-SOO), will not be coming to the SRY Shop in New Westminster, BC for stripping as first thought, Apparently they are not roadworthy, and will be stripped, and scrapped locally in Nehant, Iowa, where they are currently stored.

CP leased locomotives roundup:

(By Bruce Chapman)

CEFX (AC4400CW) IN SERVICE: 1002, 1006, 1007, 1014, 1018-1020, 1023, 1024, 1026-1059. In May, CEFX 1023 and 1041 were Tied Up Serviceble. (All SOO-owned on paper, as of February 28th 2011).

CITX (SD40-2) OFF LEASE (almost all are now off CP property): 2783 2785 2790 2792 2794 2796 3008 3024 3026 3035 3036 3053 3054 3055 3056 3057 3058 3059 3060 3061 3062 3063 3064 3065 3067 3070 3071 3073 3078 3080 3083 3086 3087 3090 3091 3092 3095 3098 3099 3100 3101.

CITX SD40-2 2794 departed Montreal DIT on CP, and arrived on the ONTARIO SOUTHLAND RAILWAY (OSR), for repairs at the Salford Shop, in September. During October she was tested in service, and at some point the locomotive is expected to be sent to ZLT in London, ON.

CITX 3032 was removed from CP storage at Coquitlam, BC in June 2013, and since then has been working and on lease to the SOUTHERN RAILWAY of BC (SRY). All the SD40-2’s have been off lease since June 3rd, 2013.

CEFX (SD40-2) OFF LEASE (all are now off CP property): 2786 2791 2797 2802 2803 3105 3112 3117 3121 3130 3163 3164 3166 3168 3172 3173 3176 3181 3182 3184 3188 (These have not been relettered CITX yet).

CITX/CEFX SD40-2’s OFF LEASE (all are now off CP property): CEFX 3155, CEFX 3127, CITX 3055, CITX 3099, and CITX 3059. All the SD40-2’s have been off lease since June 3rd, 2013.


On September 26th, Dennis Weber clicked DME Train 2-470 with ICE SD40-2 6444, and DME (Ex-CP) SD40-2’s 6072 and 6096, rolling over a slight dip on the DM&E’s Waseca Sub at Eyota, MN.

While railfanning on the CP River Sub September 26th, Dennis Weber clicked CP Train 810 meandering through an S-Curve with BNSF 6416-8986-5821 as power.

Geoff Elliot snapped CP FP9A 1401 leading the eastbound Business Train through Jeanette's Creek, Ontario on June 5th, 2004. Geoff followed 1401 to London, then Woodstock, Guelph Jct., Hamilton, and finished the day up on the OSR.

After being set out by a CP Hot Shot freight, on October 2nd, Mathew Robson clicked the Kraft switcher after they completed switching the cars at the plant. And the crew are now returning to the Celgar Mill a few miles down the Boundary Castlegar, BC.

loaded Hezog Ballast Train on the ICE passing throuighat LaCrescent, MN with SOO 4412, 4451, 4601, and 4444.

On October 14, 2013, Braedan Dunne caught a CP coal train with BNSF SD70ACe 9368, SD70MAC 9702, and ES44AC 5932 leading toward the CP Lethbridge Viaduct in Lethbridge, AB. The train was returning home to Montana from Calgary, AB. BNSF GE power is more common on the CP line between Lethbridge and Calgary since the June flooding of Southern Alberta, with BNSF C44-9Ws usually seen. Seeing this kind of EMD BNSF power is rare on CP. (Photo by Braedan Dunne)


Consumers Coop in Regina, SK is leasing CCGX SW1200RS 1007 (ex- CP 1240 nee-CP 8140) to be delivered to the oil facility there but in the meantime they have leased CP GP9u 1560 until CCGX 1007 gets repaired in Winnipeg and delivered.

During October, UP AC45CCTE 5501, 5516, 5528, 5545 and 5550 were noted on CP potash grain trains in the west. Trevor Coward reported this rare model for Canada, are on HPH to CP, and apparently CP crews really like them! (Michael Bates photo).

Bob Baker snapped this interesting CP load bound for the TTC, stopped at Smiths Falls, ON October 10th. 2013 after it had spend time in Ottawa’s National Research Council, and is now destimed to Thunder Bay, ON for more testing.

The move of some of the employees from the former CP head office at Gulf Canada Square in Calgary Alberta, to Ogden is now complete. On display at the new location is a former CP steel caboose in CP Rail action yellow, and remaining at the downtown office is CPR 4-4-0 #29.

In October, CP GP9u 1608 (nee-CP 8611) was donated to Exporail and was dropped off at the museum by CP on October 19th, Richard Marchi snapped her for the last last time on CP property at the Ville Lasalle Station while enroute under her own power to the museum in St-Constant, QC.The crew was two former CP employees who are volunteers at Exporail!(Note the temporary Ditch Lights). The second photo shows the locomotive at the museum for the first time. Later, she would take a spin on the turntable on the way to entering Exporail's enginehouse. This is the second GP9 to join the CRHA collection, AMT GP9u 1311 was donated by the AMT a couple of years back.


As she was back in the day:


CP MOINTREAL VIGNETTE: The crew of CPR FM H24-66 8911 and sibling are about to get orders at the CN/CP Diamond at Ballantyne just west of St-Luc Yard on June 20th, 1959. We are looking at the CP westbound departing St-Luc Yard and in the background that small brown building is still standing to this day with a “Ballantyne” station board on it! (Pierre Fournier Photo Collection).

CP westbound Montreal-Detroit intermodal freight #509 has a fresh crew aboard and is preparing to depart from Smiths Falls, Ontario on April 26, 1997. The all-MLW lash-up on the head end includes C424 4216, RS18u's 1826 and 1803 and C424 4222. The shot was taken from the third floor of CP's terminal building at Smiths Falls by the late Bill Sanderson. In the late 1970’s hen I was 18 years old my Dad made an arrangement with the Aguincourt Yard Planner to get me aboard the trailing unit of the Montreal bound train. I rode in the cab of unit CP C424 4216 (facing forward) from Toronto to Montreal in a lash up that had a CP RAIL GP35 leading, my c424, an RS18 (facing Backwards) and an RS-3. It was my first ever cab ride I had the cab windows open the whole way while I switched sides of the cab as needed, and it took 7 hours! At the half way point at Smiths Falls, I climbed down from the cab and introduced myself to the new crew, then and climbed back aboard CP 4216. This C424 has always been special to me!

The ABB-built X-2000 visits Montreal in 1993:

In the summer of 1993, your CRO Editor got the chance to ride aboard this Swedish ABB-built X-2000 Demonstrator set from Glen Yard in Montreal (Westmount Sub), to end of track at Rigaud, QC on the M&O Sub. A leased AMTRAK F40PH pushed the train from Montreal to Rigaud and then 30 minutes later pulled us back to Glen Yard. The trains passengers were CP employees, a few friends, and the press corps, As a guest, I was one of the few railfans aboard, and I purposely stayed incognito, appreciating the great privilege I had! In 1992, CP Rail System was considering implementing passenger service again due to a national study that showed Canadians would consider switching from air to rail if the ticket price was right, and the rail travel time was reduced, However, it was a foregone conclusion that CP would not likely become an ABB customer. Regardless, this was a concern for Air Canada, who studied the ABB North American tour with interest to their well-being.

Before Montreal, the ABB Swedish X-2000 had been testing on Amtrak's electrified North East Corridor, and then toured the U.S.A. with diesel power, as did their competitors the German-built Siemens/Deutsche Bahn ICE train. For some reason, the proposed Canadian tour on VIA with the ICE and ABB train sets never occurred. As well, CP and ABB look somewhat foolish by proposing X-2000 operation in Canada with a lightweight diesel (or turbine locomotive) that had not yet been designed!

After testing in the USA, Amtrak was impressed with the X-2000, but because of the Canadian government's generous financing of Bombardier's then-unbuilt Acela train sets, Amtrak decided to purchase the BBD Acela train sets instead. Ironically, Bombardier now owns the X-2000 design thanks to its eventual purchase of ABB's rail division after it had been acquired by Chrysler Corp. In Canada, the ABB only did one demonstration on CP as the VIA demonstration fell through. For the CP demonstration they used the assigned AMTRAK diesel power, and the X-2000 had bilingual (French/English) CP RAIL SYSTEM Flags on the nose, later removed following the test. The Canadian diesel powered test barley reached passenger train track speeds, but the Amtrak Northeast Corridor tests were much faster, and under electric power of course.

As we mentioned, Amtrak did not buy the ABB X-2000, and decided on the Bombardier-built ACELA electric sets, However, Amtrak did not go with BBD’s suggestion of a single loco and cab car on each train and instead demanded the more expensive double ended locomotive train sets instead, This was not to have more power as one loco is sufficient, but was needed for reliability, in case of an engine failure. This photo was taken at Glen Yard in Montreal the day of the test, We all boarded the train by those access stairs provided. As the head light group are showing “red” in the photo below, this was just before the F40 pulled the train out of the yard onto the North Track of the Westmount Sub. We then reversed and headed Westbound with the ABB Cab Car leading all the way along the Vaudreuil Sub (on the West Island), to the M&O Sub. Our speed was between 40-65MPH for most of the trip, a snail’s pace for this type of train. (Wilco van Shoonhoven photo Collection)

These Images are from the X-2000 demonstrations in the USA:

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