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Busy fall ahead for Kamloops Heritage Railway

By Jessica Messerer-Trosin

The Kamloops Heritage Railway is hoping to stay busy this fall, after a successful summer that saw several trips completely sold out.

Three exciting events are lined up for the month of October.

First up is the third annual Harvest High Tea taking place on Oct. 1. It began when the 2141 steam engine was down for major repairs. Volunteers were looking for ways to keep it alive without running the locomotive, said Rosanne Nelson, manager of railtour operations.

The stationary event takes place in a 1954 cafe lounge, which is almost entirely original. Tea and co ee is served with scones and fancy cakes in formal tea fashion with white tablecloths and linens.

“Last year some of the ladies who had been to high tea in England or wherever, came in costume with fancy coats and hats,” said Nelson.

A day later is the Kamloops Heritage Railway Open House. Visitors will get to see equipment, old photographs and learn about the history of the 2141 steam engine.

The Open House is part of Culture Days, a three-day, national event that highlights what di erent communities are doing culturally.

Only a few weeks later, the popular Ghost Train starts up again on Oct. 21.

The event includes psychics and fortune tellers, exorcisms and an original skit produced by students from TRU’s theatre arts program.

“It’s five nights of fantastic, spooky entertainment,” said Nelson.

While the Ghost Train is geared toward older audiences, children can enjoy the locomotive during Trick or Treat Train, taking place Oct. 29.

Nelson said that although it’s great to have the many international visitors to the Heritage Railway, she hopes that even more locals from Kamloops see what the train has to offer.

“This is your train,” she said.

For more information about the Heritage High Tea call 250-374-2141.

Tickets for the Ghost Train go on sale Sept. 26 and can be purchased online at kamrail.com.

 

Advocacy group receives gratitude and support

By Cavelle Layes

A Kamloops advocacy group has received gratitude and support after giving local seniors a voice.

The Interior B.C. Council on Aging Society continues to set its goals high and are working towards political action.

Isabelle Allen, a chair and one of the original founders, said the Council on Aging now has eight board members and many new members joining.

Allen said they are happy to be gaining numbers, noting each member comes from a different background and provides unique insight.

The Council on Aging was formed in March of 2014 when a group of Kamloops locals decided there was a need for a clear voice for seniors.

One of the biggest steps forward has been consultations that began last year with mini testing groups.

The Council on Aging was able to get a student from TRU, trained in research methods, to conduct consultations which were designed to find out what issues Kamloops seniors really face.

The student then compiled all of the data into a report.

Allen explains the report is not considered to be scientific, as certain criteria are needed in order to meet this classification and the costs are higher.

The report did help the Council on Aging to better understand what concerns local seniors have and where they would like to see support.

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