Canadian Pacific honours Canadian, U.S. military with special locomotives

Canadian Pacific (CP) unveiled five specially painted locomotives on Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the U.S. honouring the culture and history of the armed forces. The five Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACUs will take the message of military pride across the CP system.

"As a leading employer of veterans, CP is proud to commemorate military machines and the brave men and women who've operated them in conflicts around the world," said CP President, CEO and veteran Keith Creel. "As these locomotives pass through communities across the CP system, I hope those who see them will reflect on the sacrifices made by so many of their countrymen to protect and defend their freedom."

CP personnel carefully studied the paint colours and patterns that branches of the Canadian and U.S. militaries applied to tanks, planes and warships. Based on their research, they devised five liveries for these locomotives:

  • CP 7020 wears North Atlantic Treaty Organization green, which the Canadian and U.S. armies apply to fighting vehicles and equipment serving in temperate climates.
  • CP 7021 wears the sand colour that the Canadian and U.S. armies apply to fighting vehicles and equipment serving in arid climates.
  • CP 7022 wears the grey, red and black colour pattern of modern Canadian and American warships.
  • CP 7023 wears a two-tone gray paint scheme designed after the livery applied to Canadian and American fighter jets.
  • CP 6644 wears the camouflage colours applied to Royal Canadian Air Force "Spitfire" fighter planes flown at the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

Four of the five locomotives bear a Canadian flag on one side and American on the other. CP operates in both countries and employs veterans of both countries' military services.

"We are proud to support our veterans and the invaluable skill and experience that they have gained serving their country," said CP Senior Vice-President Engineering, Mechanical and Procurement Scott MacDonald, a veteran. "These locomotives are a symbol of our support. They will operate in regular service and further support our commitment as a proud employer of veterans in Canada and the United States."

CP was recently awarded a Gold Top 10 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Viqtory Media. In October, CP joined Homes for Heroes and other stakeholders for the grand opening of the ATCO Veterans Village in Calgary, a community of tiny homes aimed at getting homeless veterans off the street. Through its Spin for a Veteran program, CP has helped raise more than $800,000 for the cause.

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The SD70ACu would mean a new tooling. Its pretty much the cab of a SD70ACe and the body of a SD80MAC so it wouldn't be hard to mass produce. I know a few people that have kitbashed them. I wouldn't get a CP version of this engine but a Norfolk Southern one would be tough to pass up. These special paint schemes are awesome though!

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Oh wow, these all look great.  This is so much better from a design standpoint IMO than trying to jam as many military-oriented visuals as possible — stars! Stripes!  Eagles!  Camoflauge!  ribbons! Etc. — onto  a single engine  and hope for the best.  Great job!  Thanks for sharing Frank.  

Let’s hope one of the manufacturers brings these to market in the near future.  🤞

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Maxrailroad posted:

The SD70ACu would mean a new tooling. Its pretty much the cab of a SD70ACe and the body of a SD80MAC so it wouldn't be hard to mass produce. I know a few people that have kitbashed them. I wouldn't get a CP version of this engine but a Norfolk Southern one would be tough to pass up. These special paint schemes are awesome though!

Since this is the CP, these units would be their former SD90’s.  I agree, Norfolk Southern and now CP have undertaken nearly identical rebuild programs for their SD80/90’s, new tooling should be warranted here.  A SD70ACu project has more sales potential than the SD60E both MTH and Lionel undertook a few years back, since NS and now CP are participating in those programs.

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