Another Blue Barn in Winnipeg

A visit to the CP Winnipeg yard one evening yielded another “blue barn” sighting. I had heard that a Central Maine & Quebec locomotive had arrived in Winnipeg but I understood it wasn’t very visible. I decided it was worth a trip to the yard.

At the east end, a generic GE locomotive was sitting at the end of a grain train. It wasn’t in an easy spot to park so I didn’t bother shooting it. I might regret that someday. It goes against my “shoot everything” mentality.

I did photograph an ex Saskatchewan Wheat POOL car!

Ex Saskatchewan Wheat Pool car SMW 850770
Ex Saskatchewan Wheat Pool car SMW 850770

Slightly further east, an SD40-2 was idling away with a couple of ballast cars attached. It’s funny how I get excited seeing an SD40-2 when 20-30 years ago, they were on pretty much every train. They were what GE “toasters” are today. Maybe I should have photographed that generic GE…

CP 6043 in Winnipeg
CP 6043 in Winnipeg

As I was photographing that SD40-2, I heard a train arriving from the east. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see it until I got back to my car and relocated. By then the head end was past. I caught a glimpse of a shiny red locomotive, which I assume was one of the CP 7000 series SD70ACu locomotives.

I relocated to McPhillips Drive in the hope of seeing the head end of that train. It never showed, but I did photograph CP 4599 in nice light as it paused between switching moves.

CP 4599 in Winnipeg
CP 4599 in Winnipeg

The crew was around but clearly didn’t want to be photographed, so I’m not showing them here.

I relocated to the McPhillips Athletic Field, where I could see the locomotives parked by the Weston shops. There was the usual collection of broken units and parked CEFX leasers.

Parked CEFX leased units
Parked CEFX leased units

Walking around, I spied CMQ 9023 over against the shops, fairly well hidden and in between CP 8034 and CP 8948.

CMQ 9023 against the Weston shops
CMQ 9023 against the Weston shops

Even without the container train rolling by in the foreground, there wasn’t really a better shot. “Foreground clutter” is a good way to describe this… but a cluttered photo is better than no photo!

That was it for my photography that evening, as the mosquitoes were fierce and my wife was waiting in the van.

CP 9023

CP 9023 in Winnipeg, October 16, 2011
CP 9023 in Winnipeg, October 16, 2011

Like the first “blue barn” I saw, I have seen the same locomotive when it was in Action Red colour. In fact, I saw CP 9023 several times. The first time was in the Winnipeg yard in October 2011.

I spotted it again in Moose Jaw, SK in September 2012.

CP 9023 in Moose Jaw, SK, September 2 2012
CP 9023 in Moose Jaw, SK, September 2 2012

The final time I saw it was in Brandon, Manitoba in February 2015 – looking rather grubby.

CP 9023 in Brandon, MB, February 19, 2015
CP 9023 in Brandon, MB, February 19, 2015

Just One More Thing

I’m currently reading Nicholas Morant’s Canadian Pacific by John F. Garden. Pretty much anyone who follows the Canadian railway scene is aware of Morant’s work and the curve near Lake Louise, AB named after him.

This book goes into his techniques, his motivations and his work at another level than most people see. Nicholas Morant was CP’s “special photographer”, a unique position created just for him and not filled after his retirement.

Morant didn’t just photograph trains. He photographed all aspects of CP’s empire, which “spanned the world” and included the railway, ships, aircraft, hotels, and much more. He was meticulous and persistent in getting exactly the shot he wanted, and roamed the country photographing everything that he thought would be useful for CP.

I’m still reading this book, but already I can recommend it for any Canadian railfan, or really any railfan interested in the craft behind railway photography. It’s long out of print but you can find used copies on Amazon or elsewhere. I’m borrowing this from the Winnipeg library.

As always, my Amazon links are affiliate links, meaning that I get a small commission if you buy something using my link, at no additional cost to you.

8 thoughts on “Another Blue Barn in Winnipeg”

    • Hi Ian, I don’t know but I am guessing that they will NOT be repainted. CP retired and sold these units once so I don’t imagine they are interested in doing more than running them into the ground.

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  1. Great catch of the Blue Barn. Make the most of it as I read on another site this week that they are going to be scrapped by CP. Hopefully that’s incorrect, but it does make the most sense.

    BTW, I purchased the Morant book when it first came out. 20 years later, I’m still very pleased with it. It never gets old to look at. A fine addition to any railway library.

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  2. Hey Steve. Hope you are having a great day. Just an update on 9022. Today it left behind 3015 to head down to Elm Creek on train P23. Caught it at the bridge at Headingly. Could have been sunnier but you take what’s offered. First time getting a train on the bridge

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