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  • Writer's pictureCharls Gendron

RapidoTrains: GP9u and Slug



In 1970, CP embarked on a progam to rebuild its aging fleet of GP9 road switchers. The locomotives had their front noses chopped along with many other appearance details change. The later rebuilds would receive upgraded 645 power assemblies. The rebuild program lasted until 1988 and ushered in the plain CP Rail red scheme.


Starting in 1993, CP converted various end-cab switchers to “daughter” units, or slugs, by decommissioning or removing the prime mover (replacing it with ballast to return the unit to its operating weight) and drawing power for the traction motors from GP9u “mother” units using cables that were semi-permanently connected between the units. All of the mother units were drawn from the 1500/1600 series of GP9u units. 


The CP Chop Nose GP9u locomotive features:

  • Heavy diecast frame with super-detailed piping and traction cables

  • Detailed Blomberg trucks (Later series have rotating bearing caps)

  • Traction motor details on gearboxWorking track lights, class lights, control stand lights

  • Metal side handrails

  • Working ditch lights on prototypically appropriate road numbers

  • Front and rear plows, plates or footboards on appropriate road numbers

The CP Chop Nose GP9u Slug features:

  • Heavy diecast frame

  • Metal handrails

  • Removed exhaust stacks

  • Full lighting and flashing beacons Both models will have: DC/Silent (21-pin DCC Ready) or DCC/ESU LokSound




Ever experience a loss of power? Experience it no more with the all-new "Mo-Power" capacitor.


Designed by Rapido with the guidance of ESU LokSound, this handy electrical component, which is integrated with the main PCB board, ensures you run uninterrupted from a momentary loss of track power. It will provide anywhere from two to five seconds of juice, depending on the Rapido locomotive.





GP9u CP-Multimark

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD


Available numbers: 1544, 1595, 1614, 1634







GP9u CP-Block w/Beaver

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD


Available numbers: 1570, 1573, 1597







GP9u CP-Block without Beaver

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD


Available numbers: 1580, 8207







GP9u CP-No Multimark

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD


Available numbers: 8208, 8228, 8234, 8235








GP9u StL&H

Available numbers: 8206

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD







GP9u Mother+Slug CP-Multimark

DCC/Sound $649.95 CAD

DC/Silent $429.95 CAD


Available numbers: 1596+1014, 1602+1015, 1610+1023, 1628+1021









GP9u Mother+Slug CP-System

DCC/Sound $649.95 CAD

DC/Silent $429.95 CAD

Available numbers: 1598+1012






GP9u Mother+Slug StL&H

DCC/Sound $649.95 CAD

DC/Silent $429.95 CAD

Available numbers: 1625+1010






GP9u Cando (CCGX)

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD


Available numbers: 4023, 4024






GP9u Southern Rwy of BC

DCC/Sound $349.95 CAD

DC/Silent $239.95 CAD


Available numbers: 108, 128

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