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MILWAUKEE – Canadian Pacific’s SD70ACU fleet have been primarily assigned to Canadian service since the first locomotive was released for revenue service in August. That changed this week when two locomotives worked south of the border on different trains. CPs armed forces painted locomotive No. 7023 lead train No. 252 from Montreal to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., while No. 7003 lead train No. 298 into the U.S. via Portal, N.D., to St. Paul, Minn., then lead train 286 towards Chicago.
The locomotives are part of an initial 30-unit order for SD70ACUs, utilizing Canadian Pacific’s long stored fleet of SD9043MACs as cores for the project. A follow-up order was placed for 30 more SD70ACUs for delivery in 2020.
Forty-five locomotives will be delivered in the standard red paint scheme. CP Nos. 7010-7019 will be painted in variations of CP’s historic original Tuscan red, gray, and gold paint scheme. CP No. 7010-7014 will have Tuscan red script lettering along the long hood, while Nos. 7015-7019 will have block lettering along the long hood. CP Nos. 7020-7023 and No. 6644 are painted in special colors honoring Canadian and U.S. armed forces.