Any places for reliable older power on CP?

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Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby train2 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:28 pm

In the 80-90s SD40-2s were king on CP, they had so many. As the 3rd generation of diesel buying took hold, I noticed CP (and CN) did not seem to buy newer power in the same volumes as the US roads, but that could simply be a misconception on my part as CP is smaller than a lot of other roads. So as of 2012, are their any significant places on CP were modern GE's don't rule? Can you go anyplace on CP today and see any significant batches of SD40s still on the mainline?

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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby amtrakhogger » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:13 pm

The D&H?
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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby train2 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:42 pm

I appreciate that suggestion, I have already shot the D&H and ICE, looking for any places in Canada proper.
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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby charlie6017 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:36 pm

You would probably find older power in areas that have quite a few local freights going.

Maybe between Toronto and Hamilton/Bayview Jct area?

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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby Ken V » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:19 pm

Most of the locals out of Toronto use GP38s or GP9s for power and I expect the situation is similar in the Montreal area. There are a number of belt-pack operated SD40s in use on the hump in the Toronto East (McCowan/Agincourt) Yard.

While most mainline trains on now use GE power, you can still find some using GMDs. The Montreal-Toronto Expressway normally has 3 SD40-2s on the point.

There are a number of SD40s based out of Winnipeg and Calgary so things in western Canada may be different.
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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby Leo_Ames » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:56 pm

amtrakhogger wrote:The D&H?


I'm not out there much, but when I have been, it seems like their safety cab GE's dominate at the front of their trains at places like Rouses Point and Plattsburgh. Modern GE's are all I ever see at the front of mainline trains in Southern Ontario as well.

The only places I've seen older CPR power fairly recently has been on a rail train on CSX (A SD40-2 in Action Red) for some strange reason and GP9 rebuilds on locals in Cornwall Ontario.

Edit - I guess I'm a bit late, I didn't notice this thread was a few months old until after I posted.
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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby chief » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:38 pm

Just received bid sheets for CP locomotives being sold.------SW1200'S---1237,1250,1251,1241,1239 all running
2-GP-40's------4654,4655---major failure's.------------58-SD-90'S--91OO SERIES
17-Boarding cars.
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Re: Any places for reliable older power on CP?

Postby wjstix » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:53 am

I've seen some 'CP Rail" SD's working the hump at Pig's Eye yard in St.Paul recently. Unfortunately I'm usually driving by at 60 MPH so haven't been able to record a no. to look up what engine it is, but they appear to be c.1970's SD units.
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