The future of Locomotive No. 17 took another turn towards a conclusion on Monday.
For the most part, council in favour of a motion presented by Coun. Elaine MacDonald, which asks administration to create a report shedding light on the locomotive’s history as well as the overall cost of moving it to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario in Smiths Falls.
The railway museum has twice expressed its interest in acquiring Cornwall’s Locomotive No. 17. A museum official said last month that if the museum was to receive the engine, it would be preserved and stabilized — but not restored to working order. In addition, he also shared the museum was not currently financially capable of transporting the locomotive. If the museum is to receive it, someone else would have to cover the transportation bill.
MacDonald — who has expressed her willingness to donate the locomotive to the museum — was hopeful the requested report could be received prior to 2021 budget discussions coming to and end. It wouldn’t be included in the first draft of the budget, as Coun. Justin Towndale tweeted Wednesday the draft budget is now in council members’ hands.