Thursday, April 09, 2009

CP “two-mile” train plies Western Canada

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As reported in the November 2008 issue of Railway Age, Canadian Pacific is working on regular use of extra-long, extra-heavy trains in Western Canada. CP is now testing such a consist, a loaded grain train with distributed power.

CP train no. 351-803 is now headed west and was due to arrive in Vancouver, B.C., on April 9 at 6:40 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The train stretches 10,400 feet (160 feet short of exactly two miles in length), and includes five General Electric a.c.-traction locomotives and 168 cars totaling 22,200 trailing tons.

Power and cars are distributed through the consist as follows: locomotives 8862/9700; 56 cars; locomotive 8810; 56 cars; locomotives 8871/8876; 56 cars. Additional pusher power was supplied to surmount the Canadian Rockies.

The 8800-numbered GE locomotives are Evolution Series ES44AC units; the 9700 is a GE AC4400CW.