A raffle

Raffle to benefit steam railway

A photograph of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s locomotive and a 1912 motorcycle will be raffled off to raise money for the train.

A photograph of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s 1912 locomotive and a 1912 Indian motorcycle will be raffled off to raise money for the steam train.

The wheels on the steam locomotive need to be replaced, at a total cost of $18,000.

The steam locomotive was manufactured in 1912 by Montreal Locomotive Works as No. 3916, a Class N3b coal-burning locomotive.

In 1929, it was rebuilt as No. 3716, a Class N2b locomotive.

It served the Crowsnest area in Alberta and British Columbia.

Eventually it was converted to burn oil instead of coal.

In 1966, the locomotive went to the City of Port Coquitlam.

It was restored to operating condition in 1975 and in the following years, it was featured in commercials and movies, including The Grey Fox in 1982 and The Journey of Natty Gann in 1985.

It also served as the backup to the Royal Hudson steam train until 2001.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway acquired the locomotive in 2003 and has used it as its locomotive since May, 2005.

The motorcycle is a 1912 Indian 61 Special, built in Springfield, Mass. and owned by Steve Soprano of Summerland.

The motorcycle is unrestored, complete and can still be ridden.

Soprano even has the original registration papers for the motorcycle.

Raffle tickets for the framed photograph are on sale at the RBC branch in Summerland and will be available until Oct. 31.

“Every cent is going to the Kettle Valley Railway,” said Terry Sedawie, business account manager at the Summerland branch.

At present, close to $7,000 has been raised through ticket sales.

The draw will be made Oct. 31 at noon, at the railway station.


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