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Inspired by recent pictures of CM&Q SD40-2F in Ontario, here is one that goes back to their first weeks.
Gord Taylor caught 2nd unit CP 9001 crossing Oxford Street East just outside the north end of the GMDD plant.
It appears to me that the engine ahead is a GMDD plant switcher, moving CP 9001 around the plant pre-delivery.
CP 9000 and 9001 were added to the CP roster 3 weeks after this picture.
This batch of 25 SD40-2F could have lead to more orders, if they had been as satisfactory as CP's SD40-2 fleet. 
However there were serious initial defects, especially with the EMD 645 diesel engines, so that all SD40-2F's had to be returned and reworked after delivery.  
The cowl body configuration also tended to be unpopular with operating crews.
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Caption: Inspired by recent pictures of CM&Q SD40-2F in Ontario, here is one that goes back to their first weeks.
Gord Taylor caught 2nd unit CP 9001 crossing Oxford Street East just outside the north end of the GMDD plant.
It appears to me that the engine ahead is a GMDD plant switcher, moving CP 9001 around the plant pre-delivery.
CP 9000 and 9001 were added to the CP roster 3 weeks after this picture.

This batch of 25 SD40-2F could have lead to more orders, if they had been as satisfactory as CP's SD40-2 fleet.
However there were serious initial defects, especially with the EMD 645 diesel engines, so that all SD40-2F's had to be returned and reworked after delivery.
The cowl body configuration also tended to be unpopular with operating crews.

Photographer:
Gord Taylor photo, J.Pittman collection [282] (more) (contact)
Date: 1988-10-26 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 9001 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: GMDD plant (search)
City/Town: London (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. Is the lettering off between the C and P? Looks like it.

  2. Another answer to Brad’s question, though I agree with what ngineered4u wrote.
    The “F” applied to EMD/GMD full-width cowl body locos harks back to their classic “F” unit series: FT, F3, F7, and F9. Usual explanation for FT and subsequent was “fourteen” (hundred horsepower per loco). FT was actually 1350 HP, F3 and F7 were 1500 HP, F9 has 1750 HP.
    An important difference of the original F-unit series was that their structural strength came from full height bridge-style trusses (just inside their sheet metal sides), instead of having a strong underframe.

  3. @ngineered4u i’m used to rebranding. Ha. Thanks again.

  4. Oops Brad :-)

  5. @Brand..always happy to help :-)

  6. @ngineered4u makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

  7. @ Brad. I think the F designation was for full width or cowl EMD’s? F/FP45′s,F40, F40PH, SDP40F, etc.

  8. What does the ‘F’ refer to? Thanks for the ‘historical’ pic.

  9. For more information about SD40-2F initial defects, I recommend the caption and comments of this one: http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=40833

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