HISTORY OF CN 2747
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The working history of CN 2747 is incomplete. As new information is collected, this will add to the interpretive value of the locomotive. If you or someone you know has information on CN 2747, we encourage you to contact the Transcona Museum with this information.
A HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF CN 2747
April 19, 2021
Launched the "GET ON BOARD" capital campaign on the 95th anniversary of the construction of CN 2747. This campaign supports the development of a permanent structure over the locomotive.
Construction work has begun on the enclosure structure over CN 2747. Anticipated completion during Summer 2023.
1926 to 1960
Mainly used as a freight hauler, the locomotive first began operations in Alberta in 1926. In 1955, the Government of Canada arranged for CN 2747 to pull troop trains from Wabowden to Churchill in northern Manitoba. CN 2747 later worked at The Pas in 1957.
CN 2747 is placed on permanent outdoor display in Kiwanis Park (now, Rotary Heritage Park) along
The Transcona Historical Museum acquires ownership of CN 2747 for $1.00 from the Midwestern Rail Association after one year of negotiations.
2018 to 2020
Volunteers begin preservation work on CN 2747.
In 2020, the engine and tender are blast-cleaned and repainted. This portion of the project is made possible by The Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba Building Sustainable Communities Grant.
CN 2747 was built at the Canadian National Shops at Transcona, Manitoba. It was the first steam locomotive built in Western Canada. Construction took 27 days.
After 34 years of service, CN 2747 was retired. The Kiwanis Club puts forth a request to CN that the locomotive is brought back home to Transcona for its retirement. CN grants the request as"a token of the dedication of the citizens of the Town of Transcona."
Ownership of CN 2747 was transferred from the Kiwanis Club to the Midwestern Rail Association.
The Transcona Museum contracts GP Heritage Consulting to complete a condition report and assessment of CN 2747. The report has restoration recommendations and preservation needs of the historic locomotive.
July 14, 2023
The City of Winnipeg and the Transcona Museum announce that CN will be the major sponsor for the CN 2747 Steam Locomotive protective enclosure with a contribution of $200,000 over four years.