Posted by: cherylyoung | August 8, 2012

How I long to hear that “All Aboard” It meant you were taking that “sentimental jouney home”


History of 2141 and the Kamloops Heritage

Railway Society


 Locomotive 2141 is one of group of 25 engines

 (numbered 2130 to 2154) built by the Canadian

Locomotive Company in Kingston, Ontario for the

Canadian Northern Railway

 (later Canadian National). 

 Her classification is “Light Consolidation” because

of her 2-8-0 wheel configuration. 


 She is “light axle loading” – 114 tons in working



 Her official class is M-3-d. 


She is the only survivor of this type. 


 She has 57” drivers, 23” x 25” cylinders, and her

boiler is rated at 180 psi. 


 She has a haulage rating of 35%, which means she

can pull 30 loaded old-time cars, or about 9 loaded

 modern coal cars. 

 The engine weighs about 190,000 lb. (95 tons)

and originally burned coal.


She was converted to burn oil in 1948. 


The tender carries 6,000 gallons of water and

3,000 gallons of fuel. 


 When working hard, 2141 can go about 50 miles

between water fill-ups and 125 miles before

needing more fuel

From 1913 – 1919 she carried passengers between

Calgary and Saskatoon for the Canadian Northern



From 1918 – 1948 she carried a mix of freight and

passengers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta

for the Canadian National Railway. 


From 1948 – 1950 she operated with freight in BC near


 In 1950 she was moved to Vancouver Island to finish

her working days hauling logs and other freight

 between Victoria, the sawmill at Youbou, and

Cowichan Bay. 


Her last trip was July 4, 1958 from Cowichan Bay to

Victoria; subsequently she was replaced by a diesel


She was then slated for demolition, as were most of the

steam locomotives of the day.


Mayor Jack Fitzwater of Kamloops had other ideas. 


 It took him three years to persuade City Council and

the CNR that selling the locomotive to Kamloops was

a better choice. 

On October 28, 1961, after payment of $2,000.00, CN

operations manager T.A. Mainprize presented the

engine to Mayor Fitzwater and the City of Kamloops. 


 2141, which had been refurbished in the CNR Port

Mann Yards, became a static display in Riverside Park.


The locomotive sat on display in the park for 33 years

and was maintained by the City. 

 She became the darling and plaything of generations

of Kamloops youngsters.


  In 1993, the City was approached by a private

 enterprise seeking to restore and operate a steam

locomotive to pull a tourist train in Alberta. 


At this point 2141 had begun to deteriorate from time

and vandalism, and had been, for safety’s sake,

surrounded by a chain link fence. 

When news of a possible sale was circulated to special

 interest groups associated with railroading, an

emergency meeting was held to explore ways to keep

the engine in Kamloops.


Enough interest was shown that the City decided to

keep the locomotive, and asked that the group of

interested citizens find a way of maintaining the

locomotive at its static display location. 

 During discussions at subsequent meetings, the talk

of restoring 2141 to operating condition was posed. 


Subsequent inspection of the boiler revealed that it

was in remarkably good condition and was suitable

for restoration and operation.


The 2141 Steam Restoration Society (as it was then

called) formed on February 11, 1994. 

It comprised dedicated visionaries and railway people

 who brought forward a proposal to restore the engine

and operate her on behalf of the City of Kamloops. 


 This group later evolved into the Kamloops Heritage

Railway Society.


The restoration took 8 years and 80,000 hours of

volunteer labour.  2141 was moved (in pieces) from

Riverside Park in 1994.


 In the fall of 2001, she was rolled out of the old River

 Street shop onto a temporary track, and again blew

 her whistle, silent for so long. 

Many individuals and businesses in Kamloops and

surrounding area played a part in her resurrection.


  On January 15, 2002, under steam and her own power

for the first time since 1958, engine 2141, the

“Spirit of Kamloops”, was moved (with a CPR diesel

escort) to her new home at 600 Lorne Street, under the

Red Bridge. 


On the way, she picked up ex-CN coach 406

(Pioneer Park). 


The City of Kamloops had provided a new 5000 square

foot building to house and maintain the steam



At the same time, over 2,000 feet of track and switches

were built to connect the new Backshop to the CN

Okanagan subdivision at mile 3.0.


On June 26th, 2002, the Kamloops Heritage Railway

carried the first passengers on the Spirit of Kamloops



2141 has never looked back.


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