Posts Tagged ‘CP intermodal trains’

CP Launches Detroit-Vancouver Train

August 15, 2017

Canadian Pacific said on Monday that it is launching a new service between Detroit and  Vancouver, British Columbia.

The train is expected to cut the transit time between the two points by as much as 48 hours and operate daily.

In a news release, CP said that it will use a new transload facility in Vancouver and a live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota.

The latter began earlier this year. CP lifts single containers off trains for inspection by customs authorities rather that having entire intermodal rail cars — which can carry up to 15 containers — delayed.

CP said that process eliminates delays to containers not flagged for inspection, thus helping make it easier and faster for customers to do cross-border business.

The Detroit-Vancouver train will operate via Chicago.

Seeing Red

August 10, 2017

Train Q165 roars past the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

On a couple of back-to-back outings I had the good luck of seeing Canadian Pacific motive power on four trains.

Two of them were Q165 and Q166, which are Chicago-Buffalo, New York, run through trains on CSX that have been operating for a few years now.

I used to somewhat regularly see one of those trains at Berea, but that hasn’t been the case for a while.

I’ve only seen both of them in the same day twice and each time I was in North East, Pennsylvania.

I also found CP motive power leading a pair of Norfolk Southern trains, the 216 and the 67X. One of those was moving and the other was tied down.

I didn’t mind seeing so much red and wouldn’t mind seeing it again now that CP has resumed putting its beaver tail logo on the flanks of some locomotives.

The light was less than ideal to get Q166, which was one of five consecutive eastbounds allowed to move as CSX was single-tracking the Erie West Subdivision between North East, Pennsylvania, and a point in New York York State.

A pair of CPs lead NS 216 through the vineyard country near Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania.

The first of two views of NS train 67X tied down near Lewis Road in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.


Back When the Summer Was About to Begin

September 16, 2015

Berea CP train

As I write this, summer 2015 is in its waning days. Already, I’ve seen some leaves turning colors. Fall is nearly upon us.

I ran across this photo that I made back in mid May of eastbound CSX train Q166 in Berea. It is one of two — the other being Q167 — intermodal trains that run on CSX between Buffalo, New York, and Chicago that are actually Canadian Pacific trains.

I’ve seen Q166 and Q167 several times and they boasted a solid motive power consist of CP power. But not on this day.

What is that CSX unit doing here? What about that lease unit in the middle? At least it doesn’t look like a rent a wreck.

The lighting is a clue that this image was made in the afternoon, just after 2 p.m. to be precise, and the sun had already begun to shift northward.

May is the gateway month to summer, which never seems to last long enough in Northeast Ohio. The fifth month of year is a time to make plans for summer activities.

It is time, to borrow a line from the song “The Boys are Back in Town” by the British rock group Thin Lizzy, “The nights are getting warmer, it won’t be long. It won’t be long til summer comes.”

But that was then. All too soon, summer 2015 will be another memory.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders


About Those CP Container Trains on CSX

February 9, 2014

Although Canadian Pacific motive power has not been rare in Northeast Ohio, it has not been an everyday occurrence either.

But that changed late last year when CP began routing its intermodal trains 142 and 143 over CSX between Chicago and Buffalo.

The trains had operated over Norfolk Southern between Chicago and Detroit, using the Chicago Line to Butler, Ind., and then turning north onto the former Wabash.

CP shifted Nos. 142/143 to CSX so that it could operate additional crude oil trains over the NS route.  Another factor was a desire to operate high cube containers, which were not allowed through the Detroit River tunnel that CP uses.

On CSX, the CP trains operate as Q165 and Q166. The Q166 is planned to depart Chicago at approximately 7 a.m. while the Q165 is planned out of Buffalo at about 10 a.m.

The times that these trains actually reach Northeast Ohio will vary depending on a number of factors, including weather and traffic.

The Hunt for Red in January

January 14, 2014


I went to Berea on Sunday hoping to fulfill two objectives. I wanted to photograph the CP intermodal trains that began operating late last year on CSX between Buffalo, N.Y., and Chicago, and I wanted to get a sunset shot.

It was mission accomplished for the first objective at 4:44 p.m. as the CP train passes the former Big Four depot.

I achieved my second objective not long after the passage of the CP train. On the way home, I pulled off I-480 onto Tiedeman Road en route to Steak ‘n Shake to get something to take home. I noticed the sky had gotten nice and red so I parked behind the Cracker Barrel restaurant and got the grab shot you see below. Amid the urban clutter are some freight cars parked on a siding on the CSX mainline.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders