PRESERVING CN 2747
CN 2747 is without question a historically significant railway artifact that is worth preserving for current and future generations in Transcona, Winnipeg, and Canada.
Why Preserve CN 2747?
CN 2747 has been on permanent outdoor display since 1960 and has experienced deterioration and damage due to the elements, degradation of materials, vandalism and theft. GP Heritage Consulting examined it in May 2017 for obtaining a detailed conservation assessment and a prioritized work plan for the preservation of CN 2747. The report indicates that if there is no follow-through preservation of the engine and tender, CN 2747 has a lifespan of 10 years until it is beyond repair.
The goal of the overall preservation of CN 2747 is to bring the engine and tender to a safe, stable, secure, and attractive condition.
CN 2747 is without question a historically significant railway artifact to Transcona, as well as Canada. It was the first steam locomotive built in Western Canada, as well as the first constructed at the CN Transcona Shops. The steam locomotive also seems to be the only surviving example of the 33 steam engines built at the Transcona Shops between 1926 and 1938. Any of these distinctions make CN 2747 a valuable historical artifact that is worth preserving for current and future generations. As a museum artifact, it also has tremendous potential for interpretive demonstrations and supervised visitor interaction.
CN 2747 Enclosure Proposal
In November 2017, the Transcona Museum revealed a preliminary concept design for a protective enclosure for CN 2747. 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.
Starting in mid-2018 groups of dedicated volunteers under the direction of the SAVE 2747 Committee have begun preservation work on CN 2747. The focus of volunteer efforts has been to address the urgent and high priority preservation needs of the engine and tender, as identified in the condition assessment. Starting in 2020, this volunteer work will transition to detail work of the locomotive interior.
Volunteers are also needed for other tasks aside from the preservation project. This includes helping with CN 2747-related special events and fundraisers such as Trivia Night and 50/50 Raffles.
Our volunteers come from Transcona and the larger Winnipeg community, and some were employees at the CN Transcona Shops. Other volunteers became involved with the preservation project through contacts at the CN Transcona Shops, the CN Pensioners Association of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Railway Museum (operated by the Midwestern Rail Association).
UPDATE: The SAVE 2747 Committee is seeking 1-2 people interested in supporting the CN 2747 preservation project to join the committee. The committee is volunteer-based and meets regularly throughout the year. Please contact the Transcona Museum if you are interested in being involved.
You can help preserve the historic locomotive with your donation to the SAVE CN 2747 campaign at the Transcona Museum. All donations will go towards the ongoing preservation of CN 2747. We are already grateful for the previous contributions from the Transcona and Winnipeg community.
To date, financial support for the overall preservation of CN 2747 has been provided by grants through The Winnipeg Foundation, the Province of Manitoba Building Sustainable Communities Grant, the City of Winnipeg, community fundraising efforts and events, and donations to the SAVE 2747 campaign.
The campaign receives regular funding through online and in-person donations. Additional proceeds from select “SAVE 2747” merchandise sold at the Transcona Museum and fundraising events also help to support the preservation of CN 2747.
The SAVE 2747 Committee acknowledges past support from Wyatt Dowling Insurance on Plessis Road, Portage la Prairie Mutual Insurance Company, CN Pensioners Association of Manitoba, CN Corporate Services 935, and Transcona Friends and Neighbours.
CN 2747 SLIDESHOW
Enjoy viewing a selection of images from the CN 2747 Preservation Project. These images illustrate the work completed since 2017 by our volunteer crews and contractors, including welding work, restoration work, sandblasting and repainting. If you are interested in joining the project, consider becoming a volunteer.