This locomotive used to work on the Grand Trunk Western Railway until it was sold by the Canadian National Railway and renumbered 47.
No. 47 became a CN locomotive after the formation of the Canadian National Railway in 1923; its CN classification was X-10a. Along with its sister locomotives, #47 was based in Montreal and it was used exclusively in commuter service.
In this scene from 1961 - during its brief career in preservation - the 47 hauls a passenger train around the Bellows Falls area on the ex-B&M line out of North Walpole. The locomotive ran on the former Boston and Maine Railroad line out of North Walpole, New Hampshire until the B&M was unable to come up with an agreement. However No 47 steamed for only 5 weeks in 1961 as the Interstate Commerce Commission denied its boiler certification.
The fire was dropped on August 26, 1961, and the locomotive is now a Static Display at Steamtown; albeit in a poor state, having been exposed to the elements.
The maintenance records had been lost in a roundhouse fire in Canada, and it was not possible to verify her boiler condition to Government inspectors without an expensive overhaul.
This was the first locomotive to run as a Steamtown excursion locomotive.
No. 47 had been given a fresh overhaul in 1958 and was in top mechanical condition when acquired.
This locomotive is one of only three preserved CN 4-6-4Ts.
No. 47 was steamed briefly on the Monadnock, Steamtown & Northern Railroad in New Hampshire, but it was found the locomotive had no papers (they were burned in a CN roundhouse fire).