Here we will cover the Canadian Pacific Railway, its present operations, facilities, passenger operations of the past and
present passenger operations operated for GO Transit, Montreal's STCUM, and VIA Rail Canada. The supporting material section
is where sample freight schedules, passenger timetables, roster information will be found. All other text material will be
found in the main section. Welcome aboard The Canadian.
The Canadian Pacific Railway, founded in 1881, is a 13,800 mile railroad that spans most of Canada and the northeastern quarter
of the United States. While the railroad is best remembered for its fine Canadian passenger train, which started its first
run on April 23-24,1955 and made its last run over its traditional Canadian Pacific route in early 1990. Today, the railway's
main focus is on the range of freight service it provides its customers throughout its service area. In addition, Canadian
Pacific is also well known for its large battalion of GM SD40/SD40-2 3000 hp road freight locomotives, of which the railway
had more than 600 of the units. That fleet has dwindled to 449 units, all of them SD40-2s. Operationally, the railroad is
divided into four main line corridors, plus the feeder and collector lines. The main line corridors are as follows:
1.Western Corridor;Vancouver,BC to Moose Jaw,Sask. Major yards in this territory are at Vancouver,Calgary,Edmonton,and
Moose Jaw, with locomotive and car repair facilities at Vancouver,Goldern, and Moose Jaw.
2.Southern Corridor: Moose Jaw-Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago. Major yards in this territory are at Chicago, St.Paul,Glenwood,with
locomotive repair shop in St. Paul and car shops in St.Paul and Chicago.
3.Central Corridor: Moose Jaw-Winnepeg-Toronto. Major yards in this territory are located at Saskatoon,Winnepeg,Thunder
Bay, and Toronto. Locomotive shops are at Winnipeg,Toronto.Car shops are at Winnipeg,Thunder Bay, and Toronto.
4.Eastern Corridor: Montreal,PQ to Sunbury,PA.Major yards in this territory are at Montreal,Chicago,Toronto, and Binghamton,NY.
Car and locomotive repair facilities are found at Toronto,Chicago,Montreal and Binghamton.
The total mileage of 13,800 breaks down as follows:
A.Western Corridor, 1075
2.MAIN COLLECTORS AND FEEDERS
A.Coal route, 290 miles
C.Pacific CanAm Route,396 miles
D.Winnipeg-Glenwood, 327 miles
F.Edmonton-Winnipeg, 847 miles
G.Smiths Falls-Sudbury,305 miles
I.Guelph Jct.-Binghamton, 293 miles
LOCOMOTIVE FLEET COMPOSITION AND BREAKDOWN BY TYPE
A.Road Freight, 3000 hp and up, 1124
D.Short Term Leased 2
Total locomotive fleet 1655 units
ROAD FREIGHT LOCOMOTIVES BY TYPE
1.EMD GP40 14 units
2.EMD GP40-2 16 units
3.EMD SD40-2 449 units
4.EMD SD60 63 units
5.EMD SD90MAC 81 units
6.EMD SD90MAC 4 units
7.GE AC4400 497 units
FREIGHT CARS BY TYPE
Covered Hoppers 26,200
Open Top Hoppers 5,400
As can be seen by the predominance of covered hopper cars as the major car types, bulk commodities, such as grain, potash,
and the like make up much of the freight traffic of the railway. To classify groups of freight cars into new trains, the following
are the major freight classification yards around the Canadian Pacific system and their daily car capacities:
5.Moose Jaw,SA 1309
9.Thunder Bay,ON 2679
All of these yards and smaller satellite facilities handle the carload freight traffic of the railway, while intermodal
freight is handled by the following terminals with their annual lift capacities:
1.Great Meadows(Vancouver,BC) 264,000
8.Thunder Bay,ON 10,000
11.Schiller Park,IL 145,000
18.Oak Island(Newark),NJ 30,000
All these facilities handle the intermodal business of the Canadian Pacific Railway. This traffic moves in both dedicated
trains as well as regular freight trains handling regular carload traffic.
Section 1. Freight Schedules and Timetables. This section contains freight schedules, and in condensed
form, sample passenger train schedules once operated by Canadian Pacific Railway.
Table1.Train 423. Daily Buffalo,NY
Lv Buffalo, NY 1600
Ps Fort Erie,ON 1700
Ar Welland,ON 1750
Lv Welland,ON 1835
Lv Kinnear,ON 2050
Ps Desjardins,ON 2105
Ps Guelph Jct.,ON 2210
Ar Galt,ON 2255
Lv Galt,ON 2340
Ar London, ON 0150
This is a manifest/autoparts train operated in conjunction with CSXT.
2.Train 135 Buffalo,NY to Oshawa,ON
Lv Buffalo,NY 1930
Ps Fort Erie,ON 2030
Ar Welland,ON 2120
Ps Kinnear,ON 0001
Ps Hamilton,ON 0005
Ps Guelph Jct.,ON 0215
AR West Toronto,ON 0315
Lv West Toronto,ON
Ar Toronto Yard,ON 0430
Lv Toronto Yard,ON 0445
AR Oshawa,ON 0525
Table 3. Train 242(CSXTZ455) Toronto
Lv Toronto Yard 0115
AR West Toronto 0145
Lv West Toronto 0230
Ps Guelph Jct. 0425
Lv Kinnear,ON 0720
Ar Welland,ON 0850
Lv Welland,ON 1135
Ps Fort Erie,ON 1225
Table 4. Train 413.Harrisburg-Enola,PA to Saratoga Springs,NY. Daily Receive connections from NS train 12R
Ps Sunbury,PA 1500
Ar Taylor,PA 1915
Lv Taylor,PA 1935
Ar Binghamton,NY 2220
Ar Glenville-Mohawk,NY 1050
Lv Glenville-Mohawk,NY 1150
Ar Saratoga Springs,NY 1240
5.Train 412.Dly Sartoga Springs,NY to Harrisburg-Enola,PA. Connect to NS Train 11R.
Lv Saratoga Springs,NY 1500
Lv Glenville-Mohawk,NY 1740
Ps Delanson,NY 1828
Ar Binghamton,NY 2345
Ar Taylor,PA 0505
Lv Taylor,PA 0525
Ar Sunbury,PA 0925
Lv Sunbury,PA 0955
On a typical day, Canadian Pacific Railway, systemwide,has 69,180 freight cars on the entire system. These consist
of the following car types:
6.Open top Hoppers,5874
All of which are handled in the following types of trains,
of which CP operates more than 750 per day systemwide:
Major terminals supporting the railroad's freight service are located at: Calgary,Chicago,Milwaukee,Montreal, Moose
Jaw, St. Paul, Thunder Bay,Toronto,Vancouver, and Winnipeg, for which car handling capacities have already been mentioned
earlier. As for motive power hauling these trains,though their ranks have thinned out somewhat, the EMD SD40-2 3000 hp road
locomotive remains the workhorse of the Canadian Pacific diesel fleet and that includes units assigned to Soo Line and Delaware
and Hudson as well. While the locomotive is aging gracefully, its ranks are still putting in days and hours of reliable service
for the railway, a tribute to the engineers who perfected the 645 engine back in the 1960s and turned the original SD40 and
the SD40-2, into the best selling diesel locomotive of all time to date.
None of these
is now operated by Canadian Pacific for its own account,but CP does,however operate certain GO Transit commuter trains under
contract in the Toronto area and the Montreal area STCUM commuter service. The most noted train on the CP system for many
years was THE CANADIAN, whose 1976 and 1982 schedules follow. The train made its first runs on April 24,1955.
1976 schedule for THE CANADIAN
1115 Lv Montreal.....Ar.2005
1655.Lv Chalk River..Lv.1430
1935.Lv.North Bay....Lv 1150
1530...Lv Toronto....Ar 1610
1540...Lv W.Toronto..Lv 1550
1909...Lv Parry Sound
2225.. Lv Sudbury..Ar.0920
1255...Lv Thunder Bay 1910
1555...Lv Lake Louise.1110
For many years the Montreal and Toronto sections of the Canadian were combined and split at Sudbury,Ontario, a key junction
point on Canadian Pacific's transcontinental main line. In 1982, this switching was eliminated by the reroute of the train
to operate via Toronto in both directions, thus passengers boarding at stations west of Sudbury did not have to change trains,since
the Canadian, by that time, was operating all the way as one single train in both directions,thus eliminating the splitting
and combination operation at Sudbury.The following is the 1982 schedule for The Canadian,which by then, had begun operating
as a single through train between Montreal and Vancouver with a reroute through Toronto so as to eliminate the cost and expense
of the separate Toronto Section and the time needed to switch it into and out of the main train.
Table 2. 1982 Condensed
Schedule of THE CANADIAN.
Train often ran with a mix of F units and boiler equipped
GP9s and RS18s as motive power, usually three to five units depending on size of train and passenger load.
TRANSCONTINENTAL FREIGHT OPERATIONS
The following are the principal transcontinental freight trains operating between Montreal,Toronto,
CP 100 Series trains:
101: Toronto-Vaughan to Vancouver (VIF) automotive,intermodal,daily,except Sunday, locotrol &
102: Vancouver to Toronto-Vaughan domestic intermodal, daily
103.Toronto-Vaughan to Edmonton (via Calgary) autoracks,intermodal,daily except Monday, locotrol train
and 9500' max.
104.Edmonton to Toronto Vaughan-Intermodal,empty autoracks, merchandise ex Thunder Bay. Daily except
Sunday and Monday.
105. Toronto-Vaughan to Calgary-autoracks, intermodal. Daily except Monday, mostly 48' and 53'containers
and locotrol train.
106.Vancouver to Toronto-Intermodal (102 overflow),imported automotive,daily 7000'
107.Montreal to Vancouver automotive,intermodal, daily.
108.Vancouver (VIF) to Montreal (Hochelaga) intermodal,automotive, daily.
109Toronto-Vaughan to Vancouver Deltaport marine intermodal operates Monday only with locotrol.
114.Edmonton (via Calgary) to Toronto,intermodal, operates daily.
115.Toronto to Vancouver, intermodal, Thunder Bay automotive, mixed freight, daily except Monday,
119. Montreal to Vancouver, intermodal and automotive, daily except Sunday and locotrol train.
120.Calgary to Montreal (Hochelaga) operates daily, Lachine intermodal and manifest.
202 Vancouver to Toronto, marine intermodal overflow. operates as needed.
206.Winnipeg to Montreal, as required, merchandise
208 Vancouver to Montreal, as required; intermodal, automotive.
271 Montreal to Vancover, as required, intermodal, automotive.
274 Calgary to Toronto, intermodal,merchandise, empty autoracks,daily.
275.Toronto to Vancouver, as required, intermodal. 300 series trains not yet available..