New CP heritage unit leads business train

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A relief crew has just boarded Canadian Pacific Railway No. 7015, leading a deadhead business train bound for Kansas City at Marquette, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 2019. The 7015 is one of 60 SD70ACUs being rebuilt by Progress Rail in Kentucky, using the railroad’s stored SD9043MACs. Ten of the rebuilds will wear the heritage scheme.
Steve Smedley
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Canadian Pacific Railway No. 7015 leads a deadhead business train south of Lansing, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 2019.
Steve Smedley

Canadian Pacific Railway No. 7015, one of two recently released SD70ACU units in heritage paint schemes, was pressed into service as power for a business train after CP  FP9A No. 4106 suffered a mechanical failure Saturday. The train departed St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday morning bound for Kansas City. This was the first time one of the heritage rebuilds has led a CP train.

The locomotive is one of ten being released in a heritage paint scheme after being rebuilt by Progress Rail in Mayfield, Ky. [See "Canadian Pacific releases two SD70ACU heritage  locomotives," Trains News Wire, Sept. 16, 2019.] It is part of an order for 60 SD70ACUs using the railroad’s stored SD9043MACs, being rebuilt by Progress Rail in Kentucky. The first four SD70ACUs, Nos. 7000-7003, were recently put in service in British Columbia.

Canadian Pacific CEO Keith Creel selected the Tuscan Red scheme from designs presented to him. CP FP9A's 1401 and 4107 remain on the train as power.


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