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The Canadian Pacific (CanPac) Project aims to restore the oldest surviving Merchant Navy Class steam locomotive and two Bulleid designed carriages, whilst involving and engaging with a wide range of members of the public. In doing so we aim to be “Engineering the Future from the Past” by passing on a number of craft skills that are required to maintain this incredible piece of engineering. Most of the funding for this project has been secured through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, however we still need your help! You can help in a number of ways:

How you can help

Help us raise funds

We still have to raise another £200,000 for the £1.5million CanPac project. Any donations you make are greatly appreciated, no matter how small you might think they are. Please contribute towards the fund via secure online payment.

Donate tools

If you have any spare tools that you think may be of use, please get in touch as they may well be just what we’re looking for!

Volunteer your time

Our project depends on volunteers and we have a large range of positions available:

  • Tour Guides
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • General admin
  • Help at events/shows
  • Oral History Collectors​​

We even have volunteer positions for people aged 16-24 as Young Explainers (part of our Tour Guide team). If you are interested in this role, please fill out the expression of interest form.

For more information about these positions contact Becky Peacock on outreach.mhr@hotmail.com

Share your memories

Tell us a story! We will be recording people’s experiences with travelling on the powerful express and freight services that Canadian Pacific and similar locomotives would have worked between London and the south coast of England from the 1940’s to late 1960’s. Perhaps you commuted, caught a boat train, had a holiday or were even evacuated during the Second World War to the south of England. Alternatively you may have worked on the lines, locomotives, stations or even in Eastleigh’s works. Maybe you enjoyed the pastime of trainspotting and saw Canadian Pacific working hard. We would love to hear your story! Please contact outreach.mhr@hotmail.com to share your story.

Share your images or movies

Calling all enthusiasts - we would love to be able to make use of your photographs or videos of 35005 Canadian Pacific. They may have been taken at any point in its life. It will help us promote and support the overhaul and create a legacy for our flagship steam locomotive!

Keep up-to date with the project

If you wish to follow progress with the project and be given early notifications of guided tours of both Eastleigh and Ropley works, please subscribe to our newsletter. Your details will be held securely and not shared without your permission. We will be conducting a number of guided tours at Eastleigh and Ropley.

Supporters

Our project depends on the support of so many people. Thank you to everyone who has and is helping us! It would be impossible to list everyone here and we appreciate all who help.

Special thank you’s go to:

  • First and foremost our volunteer teams who make this project possible. Without fail, volunteers work on CanPac in Eastleigh every Monday-Wednesday
  • To those who have and continue to donate to the project
  • Those who have gifted tools
  • The Bishopstoke History society for allowing us access to an incredible media archive
  • Arlington Fleet Services for the ongoing support at Eastleigh Works
  • Cromwell Tools for discounting tools and equipment
  • The Watercress Line’s staff
  • Our new partners at Job Centre Plus, One Community Eastleigh, Eastleigh College and the University of Winchester
  • Michael Pearson for talking to us about his experiences as a volunteer and providing photographs
  • Use of photographs from Nigel Kendall, David Lindsell and Matt Allen
  • Nigel Welbourn for his draft tour guide