A colour photo rendering of the proposed enclosure structure for steam locomotive CN 2747.
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CN 2747 Enclosure Project
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Help support the development of a permanent structure over this important historical asset in the community of Transcona.

Project Update - May 27, 2022
After meeting with Thomas Builders, we were informed that due to price increases in steel and construction, the overall cost of the project has increased by 30%. We greatly appreciate everyone who has supported the project so far and those who will support us in the future. 

Our Goal: To build a protective structure over CN 2747 to help protect the locomotive from the elements, increase security, and provide more opportunities for the public to see, interact, and appreciate the engine.

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The Enclosure Details

The main purpose of the enclosure is to have the engine protected from the elements, vandalism, and theft.  CN 2747 has been on permanent, outdoor display since 1960 and this has caused damage to the overall condition and stability of the engine.  An enclosure will help to extend the lifespan of the engine from less than 10 years (as outlined in a 2017 condition assessment), to long into the future. The estimated construction costs as of May 2022 are $606,330. The chosen conceptual design best addresses the preservation and display goals of the project:

  • An all-metal structure reduces combustible materials

  • Metal roof and back wall to reduce exposure to elements

  • No exposed roof trusses to prevent bird roosting

  • An enclosed back wall with two doors for access

  • Open sides and front for visibility of the engine

  • An accessible, ground-level concrete pad

  • A metal staircase to provide safe access to the cab

  • A three-sided, 8-foot-tall fence for security

  • Appropriate lighting throughout the structure