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Diesel units. See also Trains gallery.

New additions. These will later be relocated to appropriate section; either CPR or CP Rail.

8839 last of a fleet of 200 GP9 units the largest on the roster until years later when the SD40-2 came along.
The final order for 15 units (8825-8839) was the first to be equipped with 26L air brake.
8839 was unique as it was the only unit built with the latest prime mover 567D 1800 HP.
GMD A1730 8//31/1959

8839 now in CP Rail paint scheme with original size Multimark.
"Poco" shop track. Port Coquitlam 9/01/1979.

CP Rail System paint scheme no longer using Multimark nor end stripes.

Retired 4/1989. Sold 8/2010 NPR 1695 Northern Plains US parent of AMRT






Lineup at St.Luc. In the middle is the newest unit 8741 MLW RS-18 built May 1957. Far left is GMD FP7A 1431,
ALCO FA1 4002. To the right is MLW FA1 4021 and also new CLC F-M H16-44 8715 built April 1957.
Canadian Pacific Railway/L.B.Chapman Collection

Cab interior of FP7A L.B.Chapman Collection

Early diesels


Leased power


Alco PA-1 see:

Alternate roster


NOTE: Scroll down for CP Rail paint scheme thumbnails.

S-3 6500
m.u. equipped

S-2 S-4 7000

S-2 w/booster

S-2 (I. of Maine)

SW8 SW900

SW9 7400

Baldwin Switcher

Baldwin RS 8000



GP30 also re# 5000


C-424 8300





RS-18 _ RS-3


RS-10 also rebuild 8824

Train Master



NOTE: Scroll down for CP Rail paint scheme thumbnails.

Subsequent owners


Builder's blank metal plate for diesel locomotive.


Two views of an early slide.

Digital restoration complete as a "print" with added photo album corners!


Here she is! Fresh out of the RELCO shop in Albia, Iowa after a lengthy remanufacturing that turned this old FP9A
(ex CNR 6541 GMD A1401 7/1958) into what is really an FP38-3 complete with HEP and all modern electronics
plus four full-size seats in the cab! Roof detail. Acquired 1998 from Nebkota Ry. 54.

This unit would lead a cross country train celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.

1401 leads No.8 The Dominion eastbound at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Circa late 1950's.
Bruce Chapman Collection

4106-1900-4107 heritage diesels for special trains including Royal Canadian Pacific tours.
Port Coquitlam, BC September 04, 2012 Mark Forseille

4106 acq. 2006 ex OHCR/VIA 6307 nee CN 6515 FP9u 16-645E3 1800 hp GMD A1045 1/1957
4107 acq. 2006 ex OHCR/VIA 6313 nee CN 6526 FP9u 16-645E3 1800 hp GMD A1198 3/1957
1900 acq. 1998 ex Nebcota 66 ex VIA 6612 nee CN 6612 F9B 16-567C 1750 hp GMD A629 1/1955
Note: All units geared for 65 mph.

4000_44xx posing for public relations photograph. Original paint scheme described below.
FA1 1500 hp Alco 76852 5/1949

Earliest paint scheme for the first order (8 A and 4 B units) of "covered wagons". These were the first road freight diesels other than the small Baldwin road switchers. Note the arrow style of name banner soon changed to blunt end and lettering lowered below banner. Tuscan red pilot changed to black. Small size beaver emblem. Cab roof illuminated number board and single trumpet horn. 4003 Alco FA-1 1500 hp #76855 5/1949 White River, Vermont April 30, 1950 Collection

4048 posing for its builder's photograph displays later paint scheme described and compared above photo 4003.
Note multi-trumpet chime air horn, larger number boards with separate classification lights and larger beaver emblem.
Sales Order 4401 10 A units (4042-4051) FA-2 1600 hp MLW 77717 8/1951

A gathering of Alco's on the weekend from out of town jobs in for servicing. 8019-8021-8019. 6593 7012
St.Luc April 1969 Phil Mason

Gas-electric and other self-propelled cars pre-RDC


7115 MLW S-4 equipped for road service showing off the latest paint scheme while two units in old colour script paint sit behind it including 4053 an old CLC Fairbanks-Morse covered wagon. Power sits at the east end of Crowsnest Yard.
Sentry Mountain looms over the scene. March 23, 1973 Bill Hooper

CP Rail

GP30 GP35

PGE 6613
8200 GPu
see below thumbs


Remanufactured and upgraded units.

Early rebuild modifications GP9

Ten-Year Locomotive Program


1000 daughter

1200 SW1200RSu

1500 GP7u/GP9u

8200 GP9u RS

Robot Cars and Air Repeater Car

robot cars

Car Mover

3783 01 ex 6621 re-engined with Cummins diesel and converted 4/1984 to remote control car mover for Weston Shops.
1986 renumbered 3779. Sold 2/1999 to Minnesota Commercial. CTM-1

6621 S-11 660 HP MLW 82563 7/1959

Yard service B units

6800 ex 4445 4/1983 (1919 10/1954 - 11/1965) F7B GMD A319 4/1952

A few B units remained in normal use as late as 1983. Their utilization was a problem, due to lack of a cab they required special attention when being marshalled in a consist. It was decided to assign a B unit in the middle of each of the two 3 unit hump sets used at Alyth. This solved a problem and eliminated maintenance of an unnecessary cab on a GP which could be assigned elsewhere. Two further hump B units for Toronto Yard cancelled when a Vice-President overruled it in favour of standarization using only GP9u's even though the modification made use of B units which were otherwise a nusiance marshalling them into consists in trail position.

In 1996 the two units were modified to slugs and renumbered.

1019 hump slug unit converted from hump B unit 6801 nee 4462.
Freshly outshopped Alyth May 1996 Doug Mackenzie

Note: "hump service only" painted below CP Rail.
Also, 1018 ex 6800 nee 4445 converted.
Both units retired 6/1999.



Nelson diesel shop
Gallery of power assigned

Subsequent owners

Same link as below first set of thumbnails



9159 with special United Way paint scheme. Long-time CPR charity.

5748 painted for EXPO 86 in Vancouver. May 1986.

Gallery of EXPO 86 units.

4744 originally intended to be 4719 6/1970. 4719 built as M6031-29 10/14/1970.
MLW M6032-01 3/1971 Preserved at CRM/Exporail.

4215, 4244, 4220 (MLW C-424's) and 8119 (GMD SW1200RS)
St.Luc roundhouse 7/05/1996 Kermit Geary Jr.

St.Lawrence & Hudson

A short-lived renaming of CP's Eastern Lines.

STLH 1594 with name painted over. CP Rail Action Red and small Multimark. Toronto Yard.

St.Lawrence & Hudson 8212. Note lack of visibility stripes on rear of 8223 in background.
Only some units assigned to St.L & H received new Apple Red paint before being absorbed back into CPR.
Smiths Falls June 2000 Bob Heathorn

Canadian Atlantic

A short-lived internal shortline for CP's lines east of the Quebec Eastern Townships including the DAR.

CAR 8023 RS-23 far from home. Short-lived Internal shortline Canadian Atlantic. (9/1988 - 12/31/1994)
Smiths Falls 6/1994 Bob Heathorn

E&N Railfreight

A short-lived internal shortline of the remaining Esquimalt & Naniamo on Vancouver Island.

E&N 3004 GP38 getting turned on the table for return trip. VIA RDC in roundhouse.

E&N photos

Canadian Pacific Railway

A return to historic name and emblem.

8246 with and new CP red paint scheme and golden beaver emblem.
Smiths Falls July 30, 2001 Bob Heathorn

Green Goat

A short-lived era.

1700 first Green Goat hybrid newly in service and demonstrator RPRX_2402. Alyth April 9, 2006
RailPower GG20B (ex CP 1600 nee 8690) ALSTOM 3/30/2006
Note: 2402 first of 5 such demo units 2401-2405.

RPRX 2402 CP 1700 heavy switching Alyth yard. April 2006
Note: Engineer is on left side of cab to give good view ahead and when backing up in yard service.


RailPower Technologies Corp. Vancouver designers of GREEN GOAT technology had their locomotives built by ALSTOM in their facility inside CPR' s Ogden shops. Battery powered (two battery packs consisting of 42 compartments of 4 batteries each, a total of 336 batteries!) Rated at 2000 HP, a Caterpillar 320 HP genset diesel charges these batteries.

CP placed an order in 2005 for 35 of these yard switchers, the largest order for this fledging company which had only a handful of small orders prior to this. Only 5 units were accepted by CP before the order was cancelled and the units returned. Intended for "casual" use rather than the tough 24/7 main yard switching, they proved incapable of "normal" railway use. Unfortunately, battery technology and railway requirements did not align. Units changed hands (1700 became Amtrak 599) one-by-one but no more were built including the smaller Green Kid built on SW1200RS body.

KCS 1869 was a one-unit order built around this same time.
GG20B (ex IC/ICG 9069/8069) EMD 20148 1/1955
Alyth Yard 2005 Doug McKenzie

At the same time as the CP units were under construction another 4 unit order for BNSF was also being built. UP ordered 20 units the largest of a grand total of 55 of these "Green" locomotives. Next up: GenSet locomotives! Built by a number of companies in different sizes these too are having varying success. CP did not bite. Not yet at least!

Subsequent owners

Same link as below first set of thumbnails


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