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These 1000 hp RS-23 units were officially designated by CPR as Branch Line Units (BLU) as were GMD SW1200RS.
Unofficially, on the Toronto Division at least they were called "rockets" as in "take off like a rocket !" Maybe too the roaring exhaust sounded and looked like a rocket. Actually, they were just the opposite, very slow accelerating. Engineers soon discovered this but, they also learned they would pull anything! Great on the Pulldown at Toronto Yard.

8013-8018 (6 units)

Lighweight version (91 tons) especially built for CPR use on lightweight CNR branchline in northern Saskatchewan.
Geared for 60 mph and equipped with 750 gallon fuel tank.

8020, 8026, 8025, 8016, 8017, 8014. Prince Albert SK. 9/26/1981 Ken Perry

8018 sitting by itself beside Prince Albert enginehouse. 9/26/1981 Ken Perry

Prince Albert

8013 in original CP Rail paint scheme with Multimark on cab and unit number of carbody. MLW 82476 8/1959

Sold 2/ 1997 Canadian Railserve CRLX 8013.
Leased to TransAlta Sundance coal-fired power plant. Wabamun, AB
Sold 8/2002 OSR 506

8014 with second version of CP Rail paint scheme with unit number returned to traditional location on cab.
8014 sold 2/1992 Fraser Surrey Docks 8014. RS-23 1000 HP MLW #82566 8/1959

8019-8046 (28 units) 75 mph, 950 gals fuel, 117 tons.

8028 with a brand new paint job minus the Multimark and 8039 during short-lived time on the D&H for yard service.
Saratoga Springs, New York. 10/21/1991 Paul McGrane Collection

8029 Multimark on carbody. M.U.'d to 8031 (below) with newer scheme without Multimark.
Two photos 9/03/1988 St.Luc Kermit Geary Jr.

Note: 8029 Sold 3/1997 OSR 503 and 8031 sold 1996 Minnesota Commercial 80

MLW 82581and 82583 9/1959


8034 MLW 83296 4/1960 Saint John, NB 6/28/1989

Sold 8/1995 WHRC 8034 one of 12 RS-23's sold to Windsor and Hantsport.


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