More importantly, 302 was named after Chief Moostoos the First Nations Chief who signed Treaty #8, Treaty #8 was the last treaty signed with the First Nations in Alberta.
Locomotive 302 has a major history as one of the Northern Alberta Railways GMD-1s. GMD-1s were a significant part of NAR's locomotive fleet, and represented much of the company's power.
As a first step, 302 will require considerable attention to restore it into the original NAR livery. Not only will it require a thorough cleaning and repainting but later on it will need some mechanical repair. It was on a backtrack in the CN yards in Winnipeg and used as a source of parts for CN's fleet of GMD-1s. 302 was transported to the museum by CN.
In the meantime plans are under way to cosmetically restore and repaint 302 into its Northern Alberta Railway livery so it can take its rightful place as an icon of our mission statement to preserve, interpret and display significant NAR artifacts.
Our thanks go to CN and its employees for helping us to rescue "Chief Moostoos".
Please note the posting below on " Moostoos". The museum is honored to have an artifact with such a rich history.