Canadian Pacific 8500 on the rear of a 120 wagon, coal empties train climbing through the Rockies at Haig in May 2013. As is common North American practice the train had four locomotives with two on the front, one in the middle and this engine at the back but on a Distributed Power basis with all controlled from the front cab. Distributed power saves fuel and reduces rail and flange wear. It is an engineering feat, not least because the front of the train can be on the down grade when the other locomotives are still lifting cars towards the summit.

Location: Haig

Company: Canadian Pacific Railway

Photographer: Malcolm Chattwood

Contact photographer: Malcolm Chattwood

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Date: 24/05/2013

Image number: 43569