Kamloops steam locomotive 2141 will run before summer ends

Kamloops Heritage Railway Steam Locomotive 2141.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Kamloops Heritage Railway.

KAMLOOPS - The Steam Locomotive 2141 will come out of hiding this weekend in Kamloops.

Thick wildfire smoke and concerns about safety stopped the train this summer, however, it will be on the tracks for two excursions this week, according to a media release.

"It's been a tough summer for everyone. We made the hard call to shut the train down while the air quality was really poor, for the safety of our passengers and our Kamloops Historic Railway crew," Kamloops Historic Railway director Karla Karcioglu says in the release.

Karcioglu says it was a difficult choice because of the financial impact for the non-profit society given the railway's limited operating season.

The society is going to run the train before the summer ends if the air quality cooperates.

"The City of Kamloops needs some more fun, family-friendly summer activities after weeks of being indoors," Karcioglu says. "The volunteers and staff are delighted to see the train back out on the tracks, and encourage your support by joining us on the train."

The Bill Miner Train Robbery will be featured at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, while at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 the music of Sabrina and Mike will accompany a drive-along with the Vintage Car Club of Kamloops. Cash donations for the fire evacuees will be accepted on the rides.

The society is also planning its first ever Beer n Bluze Cruize on Thursday, Aug. 31.

For more information check out the Kamloops Historic Railway Society website.


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