This article was published on September 16th, 2018
The Spirit of Kamloops is a historic steam locomotive that ran the rails during the golden age. As diesel locomotives took over, the 2141 was decommissioned and sat abandoned in Riverside Park in downtown Kamloops for years. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, it became a kid’s playground attraction in the park. But the 2141 is back on the rails and taking passengers back in time.
In the 1980’s a group of railway and history buffs got together to resurrect and restore the locomotive. The Spirit of Kamloops had been on display in Riverside Park until restoration work began in 1995 and was completed in 2001. The 2141 has been working for Kamloops Heritage Railway from May until December each year ever since. A second restoration and modernization took place from 2013 to 2015, and soon the Spirit of Kamloops was back at it again in August 2015.
The Spirit of Kamloops has been a staple of the Thompson Valley region since its rebirth in 2001. The locomotive was featured in the movie Gold (2013) when it launched, and now they’ve added other great features from the days of train travel including a first class car, dining car, and two open air cars.
Most tours include the story and reenactment of Billy Miner, an American out-law that robbed the 2141! The station master passes a message aboard the train warning of danger ahead. Soon, a gang of bandits, with shots firing, come riding up on horses and board the train in search of gold. The conductor hands over the gold and the train can continue on its way. Kamloops Heritage Railway has done a great job to tell the true story from the locomotive and regions history.
The 2141 Spirit of Kamloops offers regular scheduled tours during the summer taking passengers a step back into time to the steam era. There are special Sip and Steam nights too where you can enjoy a pre-board evening of local Kamloops wine and appetizers, followed by a ride on the 2141.
Hop aboard the 2141 today and enjoy the Spirit of Kamloops! The 2141 Spirit of Kamloops operates during the summer season. It’s best to book tickets early because it almost always sells out early, especially on special event nights. If you love history, railroads, nostalgia, then this is definitely a must-do. If you ever had a model train growing up, love unique adventures, or are looking for a great experience to take your grandparents for a special occasions, then this is exactly what you need to do.
Get your tickets for the 2141 Spirit of Kamloops, today.
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Kamloops has so much to offer. A ride on a historic steam train is just the beginning. Kamloops is a great place to begin a new adventure. A wine tour, river walk, hike through the sagebrush covered mountains, nightlife, and tranquility are accessible in one of Canada’s most geographically unique and beautiful regions. Start planning your boldly unscripted visit to Kamloops with Tourism Kamloops.