Fort Erie to decide on future of CN 6218 steam locomotive & caboose

Fort Erie council will be discussing and deciding the future of CN 6218 and the caboose which have been at the Niagara Railway Museum since 1974. Photo submitted

The Town of Fort Erie will be discussing and deciding on the future of the CN 6218 steam locomotion and caboose that has been on display since 1974 at the Fort Erie Railway Museum.

This will happen at the Monday Nov. 6/2017 Council-in-Committee meeting.

There was a study done by the Town of Fort Erie regarding these assets.

“From April to August 2017, Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Services conducted a study to identify, investigate, analyze and propose options for the future of these two Municipal assets,” a press release from the Town of Fort Erie said.

“There were 20 submissions received during the study process with many sharing similar visions,” the release said. “Those submissions were combined and distilled down to 10 distinct options. Each of the 10 options was summarized along with their associated risks.”

According to the release these seven risk criteria were identified and were used in the assessment of each option:

  1. Cost estimate
  2. Human resources
  3. Municipal policies and practices
  4. Industry standards
  5. Cost savings
  6. Impact on the Fort Erie Railway Museum
  7. Impact on the CN 6218 steam locomotive and the caboose

The Town of Fort Erie sought the public input through meetings with stakeholder groups who expressed interest in the future of the steam engine and caboose as well as through the Town’s website and social media platforms. Questionnaires were also distributed through the Fort Erie Historical Museum and the Fort Erie Railway Museum as well as a public open house meeting at Town Hall.

“In 1973, Town Council passed a Motion to accept the donation of the CN 6218 steam locomotive,” the press release said.  “Since 1989, Fort Erie has invested nearly $90,000 into repairing and maintaining the engine. In 2010 and 2011, Town Council committed $50,000 each year for a total of $100,000 to the future of the engine.”



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