New owner for historic steam engine
Engine No. 2747 currently sits in Rotary Heritage Park on Plessis Road.
Published Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:07PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:17PM CST
A new owner for an historic steam engine.
Engine No. 2747 was built in 1926 in the Town of Transcona, the first steam engine built in Western Canada.
It was retired after 34 years of service.
The Transcona Kiwanis Club obtained it in 1959 and placed it in Kiwanis Park (now Rotary Heritage Park) on Plessis Road north of Kildare Avenue, where it currently sits.
In 1981, the club transferred ownership to the Midwestern Rail Association. Thursday evening, No. 2747 was officially signed over to the Transcona Museum, located at 141 Regent Ave. West.
“It was living in Transcona, but now the Transcona Historical Museum has formally achieved ownership of 2747 so we can aggressively preserve it, an important piece of Transcona heritage," said Peter Martin, Vice-President of the Transcona Historical Museum and Chair of the 2747 Restoration and Preservation Project.
The museum says the engine represents Transcona's early life as a railway town.
It’s unclear where the train will ultimately be on display. The goal is to refurbish the train so it’s accessible to visitors, but that would require government grants.