Running before the Storm
Well maybe not, but snow was certainly in the air when I shot this photo of CP 8046 sitting idling on a siding in the Aylth yard here in Calgary.
What got me excited about this particular locomotive is the fact that it is wearing the latest CP logo mark with the heritage shield.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have been given a poster by a friend who works at CP Rail's headquarters here in Calgary, that depicts the history and evolution of the various CP logos released over the years, beginning in 1886 and leading up to the latest logo released in 2017 as seen here on CP 8046.
Although the Aylth yard is filled with locomotives, and I'm always keeping an eye out for this latest logo, do you think I had any luck seeing a locomotive wearing it.....none till now that is, probably due to the fact 8046 was recently rebuilt and given a new paint job.
Although this logo released in 2017 is similar to the previous logo, CP released this latest one to acknowledge CP's place in in history and it's role in driving the North American economy forward. The beaver and the maple leaf are Canada's national symbols and, justifiably, represent CP's position in Canada's past, present and future.
Expand the photo for a closer look.....
On another note...…..
Not everyone whom visits this gallery may be familiar with the various locomotives featured here.
For example, CP 8046 as seen here (a rebuilt unit) is a GE AC4400CW a 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW) diesel-electric locomotive that was built by GE Transportation Systems between 1993 and 2004. It features AC traction motors, with a separate inverter per motor. A relatively high-powered locomotive.
The AC4400CW is the most successful present day locomotive operated by various railroads, and over the 11 years in which it was produced, GE constructed 2,598 examples for North American railroads.
In 2005, all Class I freight railroads except Norfolk Southern and Canadian National owned at least one AC4400CW. As a result of more stringent emissions requirements that came into effect on January of that year, GE no longer offers the AC4400CW, replacing it with the ES44AC.
Two AC4400CW units as seen here, were used in the filming of the 2010 hit movie "Unstoppable" featuring Denzel Washington.
The plot of the movie required Denzel Washington and Chris Pine to climb aboard the locomotives of a runaway freight train.
To film the movie, four Canadian Pacific AC4400CW locomotives (numbers 9777, 9758, 9782, and 9751), were repainted as two fictional "Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad" locomotives (nos. 777 (nicknamed "Triple 7") and 767). 9777 and 9782 were painted as 777, while 9758 and 9751 were painted as 767.
Good movie if you haven't seen it.
Now you know!