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Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Diesel (GMD)
Total produced 25
AAR wheel arr C-C
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Performance figures
Power output 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW)
Operators Canadian Pacific, Central Maine and Quebec Railway
Numbers 9000–9024 (Same number for both railroads)
Nicknames Red barn
Delivered 1988 and 1989
Disposition 9001, 9003, 9004, 9006-9009, 9011-9015, 9017, 9020, 9021, and 9023 remain in service

The GMD SD40-2F was a 3,000 horsepower (2,200 kW) C-C diesel locomotive built by General Motors Diesel. It was fundamentally an SD40-2 in a cowl unit full-width body. A total of 25 units were built solely for the Canadian Pacific Railway. They were delivered in 1988 and 1989, after the end of production for the regular SD40-2. The engines were CP's only cowl units, and have been nicknamed "red barns" by railfans.

The locomotives are numbered 9000-9024. These were the only new locomotives to be delivered to the CPR in the "Action Red" paint scheme, a variation upon the "Multimark" paint scheme lacking the black-and-white "Pac-Man" emblem. Two engines, numbers 9000 and 9022, have been repainted in the "Dual Flags" paint scheme. They were delivered without the porthole in the nose door; this was retrofitted to most units in the early 1990s.

On December 13, 2012, CP retired SD40-2F 9000, 9002, 9005, 9010, 9016, 9018, 9019, 9022, and 9024, which will be sent to EMD - Progress Rail in Mayfield, KY for rebuild into SD30C-ECO units. The 9000 and 9018 (along with the 9001) had been involved in a June 9, 2009 derailment in Oshawa, Ontario, on CP's Belleville Sub.

In 2015 the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway successor Central Maine and Quebec Railway acquired 10 of these engines from CP. The new start up railway purchased the 9004, 9010, 9011, 9014, 9017, 9020, 9021, 9022, 9023, and the 9024.



  • Sebastian-Coleman, George (1998). "CP Rail's SD40-2F". Model Railroader magazine, Vol. 65, No. 7 (July 1998).

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