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Help Restore 2534


Brighton, Ontario, Canada

From flyer available at former Brighton GTR/CNR station:

Help Restore 2534

Ex-CNR Consolodation 2534, on display at Belleville since 1966, faced an uncertain fate in 1997. The city decided that the locomotive was an eyesore, and should be disposed of. The high bidder wished to scrap the engine, but the city kindly turned to the second bidder, Ralph Bangay of Brighton, Ontario, who planned to restore and display the locomotive. A moving deadline of the winter of 1998 forced the new owner to act quickly, and preparations were made for transporting the engine. But, much work needs to be done and funds need to be raised before this splendid example of CNR steam power can be guaranteed a lasting future in its new home.

Built in 1906 by the Montreal Locomotive Works as Grand Trunk Railway 670, the engine was renumbered 2534 with the Canadian National takeover effective January 1923. Classified as an N-4-a with 40,000 lbs of tractive effort, she spent most (if not all) of her working life on the Montreal District, assigned to Turcot roundhouse and Ottawa. She was seen in such places as Pembroke and Quebec City, working in freight service. By the end of 1959, she had been withdrawn from service at Montreal. But, unlike most of her sister engines, the 2534 did not meet her end with the scrapper's torch. Rather, the CNR presented her to the city of Belleville in 1966, where she would remain for almost 38 years.

Engine 2534 is one of only three remaining representatives of the CNR class N-4-a class, a versatile locomotive which, in addition to customary freight assignments, was spotted occasionally in passenger and mixed train service. It is planned to display the engine with a CNR wood van and other rolling stock on a siding behind the former GTR/CNR station in Brighton, built in 1857 and currently under restoration. Your kind donation will be applied directly to the restoration of engine 2534, and an income tax receipt will be issued to you.

Please make funds payable to:

Save Our Heritage Organization
c/o Ralph Bangay
PO Box 294
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0

Your donation is gratefully accepted. Registered charity number 0397190-52-12.

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