CP EMD Units
All photos were generously submitted by Brian Nicholson
SW1200RS 8138 built in 1959 from series 8100-8171, still on the roster. Shown at St Martin Jct.
Quebec in 1978 where my railfanning started. This Junction now sees Quebec Gatineau trains.
From series 7400-7405 delivered in 1953, the class unit 7400 leads the hump set at
Agincourt yard in Toronto in 1977. Similar in looks to the SW1200RS's except for
regular switcher trucks instead of 'flexicoils'. The unit does not have the big
numberboard assembly on the front. This was added in the 1983 rebuilding, see 1204 below.
CP SW1200RS 8112 is 3rd unit in the hump power set at Agincourt yard in Toronto in 1977.
(Same consist as the SW9 7400 shot). CP even kept their switchers spotless in the 70's.
From series 6700-6709. SW8 6705 works the yard at Windsor, Ontario in 1978.
These 10 units were built in 1951. The CP seemed to dabble in switchers
buying 10 SW8's, 11 SW900's and 6 SW9's.
A comparison of the SW8 and SW1200RS at Windsor, Ontario in 1978. The carbodys were
virtually the same just the various options changed and the number of exhaust stacks.
I wonder why the CP never adapted the spark arrestors like CN's switchers?
Spiffy SW8 6707 fresh from the paint shop in Windsor, Ontario in 1978.
Note the unit is not equipped for 'MU' (multiple unit) operation.
A shot of the former 7400 after rebuiding in 1983 shot in Agincourt, Ontario in 1986.
The big numberboard has been added as well as the indented sand filler hatches.
Apparently still on the roster.
SW900 : This intersesting operation in Grand Forks; British Columbia serves a large
woodchip industry. This CP SW900 was assigned to the plant in 1992. Today the line
is run independantly as the 'Grand Forks RR' with a former CP SW9. The cars are
handed over to the Burlington Northern RR which has a line which enters
Canada from Washington State. The CP SW900 is from series 6710-6720 delevered
in 1955. It has been rebuilt with angled sandbox fillers on the long hood and
the large numberboard assembly like the SW1200RS. The 6720 was converted to
a 'slug' in 1995 and renumberred 1016.
I couldn't beleive my eyes on this day in 1974 when this consist came burbling
into Ct St Luc yard in Montreal. I had a signed release into the yard and only
had Black & White film in the camera (I hadn't started using color full time yet)!
A three-builder consist of an RS23; this SW1200RS and a Fairbanks-Morse H24-66
'Trainmaster'; all in maroon and grey. The F-M 8903 was ending it's career in
transfer service and was retired soon after. I never saw it again; and regrettfully
never got it in color. It is the only active H24-66 I ever saw.