ES44AC 9375 First in CPKC Livery

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The first road locomotive in Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s employee-selected livery is Wabtec ES44AC No. 9375. She’ll be displayed May 18 at Kansas City Union Station 4-6-4 No. 2816, The Empress, during CPKC’s transnational Final Spike Anniversary Steam Tour.

The livery resulted from the work of an internal design team, with direction and focus provided by CPKC President and CEO Keith Creel, who felt it vitally important that the employees have input into what their rolling flagships should be displaying. “I want our railroaders to feel that they are a key part of this process, designing a new paint scheme,” he told Railway Age about a year ago. “I think that what we’ve come up with here, and how we’ve gone about selecting the final scheme—providing options for our railroaders to vote on—reflects our commitment to them as a company, and helps promote a feeling of unity. There was a lot of excitement, a ton of energy, centered on developing a new CPKC livery.”

Five options were developed and presented to all CPKC employees through an internal survey. Thousands of votes were received and tabulated. The winning scheme was revealed in late June 2023.

The most prominent color in the new livery is Canadian Pacific red. The letters “CPKC” and the CPKC logo–an evolution of the iconic Canadian Pacific beaver logo CP had been using since 2017, when Keith Creel became chief executive—appear prominently. The black trim and gold striping bring out Kansas City Southern elements.

Watch the debut video:

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