KAMLOOPS HERITAGE RAILWAY SOCIETY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Mark McVittie
Vice President: Glen Wideman
Secretary: Karla Karcioglu
Treasurer: Ron Rasmussen
Directors: Doug Peterson, Tony Strudwick, John Woslowski, Orval Schmidt, Lachlan Gonzales. Many thanks to long-time outgoing directors Brian Kelly and Bill Abley.
The Mission of the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society is to promote the unique characteristics and significance of the railway to the cultural history of Kamloops and region.
The unique characteristics and significance of the railway to the cultural history of Kamloops and region will be promoted by:
- Providing residents and visitors the opportunity to experience railway travel powered by steam
- Providing residents and visitors the opportunity to experience and enjoy railway artifacts, exhibits, programs and interpretive restoration tours
- Providing railway programs and activities which will contribute to the economic, educational and cultural vitality of Kamloops and region
February 11, 1994 The 2141 Steam Locomotive Restoration Society was formed to restore and operate the engine on behalf of the City of Kamloops. The Society oversaw the restoration for eight years at two locations, 1315 River Street and at the backshop at Pioneer Park.
March 2001 Once restoration was complete, the society made application to the registrar of companies to have its name changed to the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society, which is more in keeping with its new mandate: operating a railway and a tourist train.
July 10, 2001 The Kamloops Heritage Railway presented its three-phase business plan to the Mayor, City Council, key city administrators, and the Parks and Recreation Commission of Kamloops.
August 7, 2001 City council approved funding and a loan for phase 1 and 2 of the business plan.
January 15, 2002 Under steam and her own power for the first time since 1958, the 2141 was moved to her new home at 600 Lorne Street. The City of Kamloops provided a new 5,000 square foot building to house and maintain the Steam Locomotive. At the same time, over 2,000 feet of track and switches were built to connect the backshop to the CN Okanagan subdivision line at mile 3.0.
June 26, 2002 The Kamloops Heritage Railway carried its first passengers on the Spirit of Kamloops railtour. In its inaugural season it carried over 10,400 passengers on 96 trips. These trips were 1 ½ hr in length and included the Bill Miner Train Robbery re-enactment.
And the rest, as they say, is history!