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.

The CN2747 was the first steam locomotive built by the Canadian National Railway in the Western Region, and it was constructed over 274 days at the Transcona Shops.  In 1960, it was saved from being scrapped and placed in Kiwanis Park.  The Transcona Museum acquired the engine in 2015 and has worked to preserve the engine.   The next phase of preservation is to build a protective enclosure around the engine to protect it from the elements but to also increase the public interactive and interpretation of the engine.   

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 are $492,942. 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

Starting 1 January 2021, 10% of all donations received for CN 2747 and the Get on Board campaign will be placed in our endowment fund for future maintenance and upkeep of the CN 2747 structure and historic locomotive.