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About two weeks ago, CP 420 ran down from Winnipeg with two GP9u units (1585, 1633) right smack in the middle of the train. Both units were dropped off in Sudbury, however. This action was repeated though, and CP 8250 is seen here at the tail end of 420 as it winds the curves at Palgrave. At the head end is CP 8724, 8794, 8825, 8924, 5879. So why exactly is 8250 dead in tow at the end of the train? I couldn't tell ya. However, knowing the scarcity of CP GP9u's left, it was definitely good to see one. It had started out from Winnipeg six days earlier, however the drawbar broke and it was replaced in Thunder Bay. That could explain it's position in the train, to dramatically reduce in train forces on the couplers to prevent that from happening again. As of now 8250 is still in Toronto, perhaps it will perform yard duties there or be placed in a deadline, only time will tell.
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Caption: About two weeks ago, CP 420 ran down from Winnipeg with two GP9u units (1585, 1633) right smack in the middle of the train. Both units were dropped off in Sudbury, however. This action was repeated though, and CP 8250 is seen here at the tail end of 420 as it winds the curves at Palgrave. At the head end is CP 8724, 8794, 8825, 8924, 5879. So why exactly is 8250 dead in tow at the end of the train? I couldn't tell ya. However, knowing the scarcity of CP GP9u's left, it was definitely good to see one. It had started out from Winnipeg six days earlier, however the drawbar broke and it was replaced in Thunder Bay. That could explain it's position in the train, to dramatically reduce in train forces on the couplers to prevent that from happening again. As of now 8250 is still in Toronto, perhaps it will perform yard duties there or be placed in a deadline, only time will tell.

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Daniel Odette [153] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/21/2015 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8250 (search)
Train Symbol: CP 420-19 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 32.2 CP MacTier Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Palgrave (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Didn’t even notice that. Yeah, from my experience, the billings are the death sentence, or at least with the railroad in question. Knowing there is already a GP9u deadline in Toronto, I would guess 8250 will be slowly stripped down as the parts become necessary.

  2. Judging from this picture there’s billing taped to the window, and the fact that CP has purged most if not all GP9′s from their fleet….I’d say it’s not likely going into service in Toronto Yard.

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