Canadian Pacific 374, Vancouver

Canadian Pacific 374, Vancouver

Engine No. 374 stands as a symbol of the Canadian Pacific Railway's historic journey. It was the locomotive that led the inaugural transcontinental passenger train to Vancouver, reaching its destination on May 23, 1887. A year prior, its counterpart, Engine No. 371, had accomplished the remarkable feat of being the first train to traverse Canada, arriving in Port Moody, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east.

Crafted in the year 1886, No. 374 was among a set of eight akin steam locomotives meticulously crafted at the CPR Montreal workshops. Although No. 371 met its end in 1915, No. 374 underwent a comprehensive reconstruction in 1914 and valiantly served until 1945. Owing to its historical eminence, the locomotive found itself a new home in the City of Vancouver upon retirement. It was proudly put on view at Kitsilano Beach Park.

Unfortunately, exposure and lack of upkeep damaged the machine while at the park. In 1983, railway enthusiasts started restoring it for Expo 86. It was moved from the beach to warehouses across Vancouver. Dedicated volunteers restored it, and it was displayed at the CPR Drake Street Roundhouse for Expo 86, captivating all.

Today, the Engine 374 Pavilion stands at the heart of the Yaletown district's revitalization. It warmly welcomes the public for viewing, offering a captivating glimpse into the rich history it represents.

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Sight Name: Canadian Pacific 374
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada (See walking tours in Vancouver)
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