Please note that the working history of CN 2747 is incomplete.  Very little is known in terms of where it ran, how much mileage it accumulated during its years in service, how many times it was shopped (repaired and refurbished), and what kinds of loads it pulled, among other points of interest.  Once uncovered, all of this information 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.

1930's to 1950's

Used largely as a freight hauler, CN 2747 worked in northern Manitoba at The Pas around 1957.

May 1960

CN 2747 is placed on permanent outdoor display in Kiwanis Park along Plessis Road. The park was renamed Rotary Heritage Park.

December 2015

The Transcona Historical Museum acquires ownership of CN 2747 for $1.00 from the Midwestern Rail Association after one year of negotiations.

November 2017

A preliminary concept design for a protective enclosure for CN 2747 was unveiled. Constructing a shelter over the locomotive is the most effective preventive measure to ensure its long-term preservation from the elements. Concept design by McGowan Russell Group of Winnipeg.

Summer 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.

April 1926

CN 2747 was built at the Canadian National Shops at Transcona, Manitoba. It was the first steam locomotive built in Western Canada.


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."

March 1981

Ownership of CN 2747 was transferred from the Kiwanis Club to the Midwestern Rail Association.

May 2017

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. 

Summer 2018

Preservation and restoration work begins on CN 2747 with volunteers from the community.

The Transcona Museum gratefully acknowledges the City of Winnipeg for their ongoing support of museum operations and facility maintenance.


We would like to acknowledge that we reside on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, as well as the homeland of the M├ętis Nation.

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