Kamloops Heritage Railway is saving a little more steam for its last weekend of service this summer.
The fun begins Thursday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. when the musical duo of Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard entertain aboard the 2141 on its regular run across the Thompson River to St. Joseph’s Church.
On Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon, Bill Miner and the Dames of the Grand Pacific wrap up the season with their dramatic representations of the old West.
This has been the first complete summer for the historic rail attraction since the 2141 was sidelined for a mechanical overhaul after its 2012 season.
“It’s been really good,” said manager Rosanne Nelson. “We’ve had a strong summer. We’ve had people from all over B.C., from all over Canada.”
And from around the world, including South Africa, England, Peru and Siberia. Some steam rail buffs journey to Kamloops expressly for an experience on the 1912 steam train.
At the same time, the railway has attempted to lure back local riders with fresh appeal. Three runs for members of the local Vintage Car Club of Canada were based on different eras of the 20th century with costumes to match.
“Everyone loves to dress up like a hippy,” Nelson said.
Locals have continued to support the City-sponsored railway, some finally making good on a longstanding promise to themselves, she added.
While regular excursions draw to a close, special runs by the Spirit of Kamloops continue next month. Tickets for the popular Harvest High Tea go on sale Sept. 6. For October’s Ghost Train, tickets will be available on Sept. 26.