During the late 1920's Canadian National Railways embarked on a very limited
programme of home shop locomotive building, and during the period between
1926 and 1931 constructed a total of 72 engines of which 33 were fabricated
at Transcona Shops. Transcona Shops were originally erected by the National
Canadian National locomotive 2747 was the first steam locomotive to be built in western Canada and was outshopped in April, 1926.
In addition to being the first locomotive erected in the West, the locomotive had strong ties with the people of the region. The locomotive was, in part, built by sub-contractors. An unknown number of individuals, outside of Canadian National employees, were employed on these sub-contracts.
Following the retirement of CN 2747, the locomotive was scheduled to be
scrapped along with many of its steam powered associates following the rapid
dieselisation of the CNR.
On November 10, 1959, Mr. Bernie Wolfe and Mr. J.S. Johnston met with Mr. J.R. McMillan, then Vice President, Canadian National Railways, Western Region, to request consideration be given to donating a steam locomotive to the Transcona Kiwanis for display. This resulted in CNR 2747 being presented to the Kiwanis in May, 1960, who displayed the locomotive in the Transcona Kiwanis Park on Plessis Road.
On March 3, 1981, the Kiwanis transferred ownership of CNR 2747 to the Midwestern Rail Association.
Canadian National Railways CN 2747 Specifications
|Built||CNR Transcona Shops, 1926|
21 1/2" (.564m)
30" (0.762m) stoke
Length 96 7/8"
Width 75 1/4" (1.911m)
|Grate area||50.62 sq ft (4.702 sq m)|
26 large 5 3/8"
166 small 2" (0.051m) diameter
Length 14' 1 3/8" (4.302m)
1,741,54 sq ft
(161.789 sq m)
231.4 sq ft (1,791 sq m)
1,972.94 sq ft (183.286 sq m)
|Boiler pressure||215 psi (1,482.425 kPa)|
|Stoker||Data given in written specifications.|
|Type of valve gear||Walshaert|
|Type of reverse gear||Data given in written specifications.|
|Syphons||Data given in written specifications.|
|Air pumps||One 8 1/2" (0.215m) cc|
56" (1.422m) outside diameter
imperial gallons (190,347 liters)
Coal 12 tons (10,886 kg)
|Extreme width||10' 6 1/2" (3.213m)|
|Length over couplers||69' 7 1/8" (21.212m)|
|Height||14' 6 15/16" (4.445m) Top of rail to top of smoke stack.|
29,600 lbs (13,426.6 kg)
Driving wheels 194,360 lbs (88,161.96 kg)
Total 223,960 lbs (101,588.25 kg)
lbs (76,476.96 kg)
Total 192,900 lbs (87,499.44 kg)
Tender 170,000 lbs (77,112 kg)
|Total, engine & tender||394,160 lbs (178,791 kg)|
|Maximum tractive effort||40,253 lbs (18,248.32 kg)|
|Factor of adhesion||4.93|
|Operating curvature||15 degrees|