The little engine that could—and did.
West Coast Railway Association Partnership
The Engine 374 Pavilion is run in partnership with the West Coast Rail Association (WCRA), the Vancouver Park Board, and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Association. The pavilion is staffed by volunteers through WCRA several hours per day, seven days per week year-round (depending on volunteer availability). The Engine volunteers are enthusiastic supporters of all things “rail” and are happy to give visitors from all over the world a tour of the engine and provide some background on its interesting and colourful history as well as that of the CPR, turntable, and the history of the Roundhouse and Yaletown. [More information on WCRA]
Visiting the Engine 374 Pavilion
COVID-19 has reduced the days that the Pavilion is open.
- Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm (closed Monday to Wednesday and for statutory holidays)
- FREE admission
- Please call the front desk for further details 604-713-1800 (ext. 1)
The Engine 374 Pavilion is located on the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard next to the Roundhouse (Community Centre), a 10-minute walk from downtown Vancouver, B.C.
Engine 374 Makes Transcontinental History
May 23, 1887 was a great day for Vancouver when CPR Engine 374 pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into the city. Crowds cheered, the city band played, ships in the harbour blew their horns, and hundreds of flags decorated the young city. It was a great day not only for Vancouver, but for the whole nation. The event heralded the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the century, a twin line of steel linking the new nation of Canada from coast to coast, ten years in construction.
Retirement and Restoration
In 1945, after many years of service, including the second World War, Engine 374 was finally retired. The engine was first placed in Kitsilano Park for all to see, and play on, but it suffered greatly from salt air and the passage of the seasons. In 1983, many dedicated citizens came to the engine’s rescue, and began the Herculean task of restoring the engine to its former glory.
With additional funds raised through the Heritage Brick Program, the restoration was completed in time for Expo 86 where the refurbished engine was a prime attraction. The unique Heritage Brick Program was a great success. A total of $400,000 was raised for the refurbishing of the engine, by way of individuals who bought one brick or more for $19.86 each, and thereby had their names engraved on each of their bricks. Now most of those “name” bricks are on display as part of the floor of the pavilion, much to the delight of those who contributed.
Over 100 years later, the engine has found its permanent home. The Engine 374 Pavilion stands in the heart of the city for all to visit and admire as a valued part of our nation’s history.