Ex-Canadian Pacific Railway 2-8-0 Consolidation number 3716 has been named
"Spirit of Summerland" in a special ceremony at Summerland.
18 May 2011
Locomotive Given New Name
Summerland British Columbia - The 99-year-old locomotive at the Kettle Valley Steam Railway has a new name.
In a special ceremony on 8 May 2011, the locomotive was renamed "The Spirit of Summerland".
A Toronto-based film crew was at the railway to film the train and the naming ceremony for "Name This".
The episode will air on the History Channel later this year.
Ron Restrick, general manager of the steam railway, said hundreds of names were submitted for consideration.
Five were later short-listed with a jury selecting the winning submission.
The steam locomotive was built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1912.
It was built as a coal-burning locomotive and was given the number 3916.
In 1929, it was rebuilt and given the number 3716.
For many years, the locomotive ran in the Kootenays and the Crowsnest area of southern British Columbia and Alberta.
It was eventually converted to run on oil instead of coal.
In 1966, the locomotive went to the City of Port Coquitlam.
In 1975, it was restored at the CPR's Drake Street shops.
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway acquired the locomotive in early 2003.
Today, there are four CPR steam locomotives remaining in Canada.
The Summerland locomotive is the only operating 3716 steam locomotive in the country.