The Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) is excited to be the recipient of a $2,000 donation from the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) as part of the company’s community investment opportunity. “I am very excited for SRI to have been chosen to receive this donation from CN!” said Aaron Farmer, SRI’s Mechanical Manager. “This will allow the continuation of repairs to three of our coaches and will be a significant and important job for our volunteers to better learn the inner workings of our passenger car fleet.” Primary focus will be towards the nonprofit educational organization’s former Pennsylvania Railroad coach No. 147, and former Canadian National Railway coaches No. 5447 and 5646.

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Pennsylvania Railroad Coach 147

No. 147: Available for purchase by the Institute after a long-term lease in 2017, this 1950’s Budd built car will receive window refurbishment and seal replacement. This will permit the replacement of two windows that suffered damage during our 2019 operating season.   

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Canadian National Coaches 5447 & 5646

No’s 5447 & 5646: Built between 1952 and 1953 for the Canadian National Railway for their premier passenger trains, SRI purchased 5646 in 2005 and later purchased 5447 in 2019. These two coaches will receive a renewal of their brake valves so they can be utilized on our excursions.

The Steam Railroading Institute is most grateful for this generous contribution during these difficult times and looks forward to more opportunities with CN in the future.