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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.


Wreath to remember history

By Jessica Messerer-Trosin

When Lee Kenney’s grandfather passed away in 1971, Lee inherited a silver bugle. Lee would have never imagined the things he would find out about his grandfather, William Kenney, thereafter.

As Lee found out, the bugle actually belonged to a completely different regiment than the one William was a part of in the First World War.

So in 2014 Lee embarked on a trip to England during which time he wanted to accomplish several things including returning the bugle.

Bringing the bugle back shifted the search for information about his grandfather.

“Once we gave the bugle back, things started happening,” Lee said.

Using Ancestry.ca, Lee and his cousin, who he calls “Vira” because of detective-like skills set used to nd out about their grandfather.

They found William Kenney was a British Home Child, one of close to 120,000 girls and boys who came from Britain between 1869 and 1948, according to the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association (BHCARA).

According to BHCARA, British Home Children were emigrated to Canada and other countries like Australia and New Zealand by charitable organizations like Barnardo’s, Quarrier’s and The Salvation Army, for example.

William, a Barnardo Boy as they were called, came to Canada in 1905 at the age of 15.

He travelled as a steerage passenger along with 264 other boys.

Once they arrived in Canada, various organizations were supposed to track and monitor the children, but many children weren’t, including William.