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Our Locomotives

Our Locomotive: The Spirit of Summerland - #3716

The Spirit of Summerland - #3716

Canadian Pacific Railway’s Kettle Valley Division saw many 2-8-0’s not unlike #3716. This locomotive was originally built in 1912 by Montreal Locomotive Works as #3916, Class N3b. It was built as a coal-burning locomotive. #3916 was rebuilt in 1929 and given a new class and number, N2b #3716.

Her home for many years was the Kootenay’s, and #3716 ran many miles in the Crowsnest area of southern British Columbia / Alberta. Later in its career, it was converted from coal to oil. Having been saved by the scrapper’s torch, #3716 went to the City of Port Coquitlam in 1966.

#3716 was restored back to operating condition by 1975 at CPR’s Drake Street shops. #3716 worked on the Provincial Museum train touring the province and made a trip on the Kettle Valley in 1977, including Summerland and the Osoyoos branch of the KVR. #3716 starred in many movies and commericals over the years including “The Grey Fox”, a movie about Bill Miner, and “The Journey of Natty Gann”, a Walt Disney Production. #3716 ran charters to 100 Mile House and worked as a backup to the “Royal Hudson” #2860 until its operating career on BC Rail ended in April 2001.

Our Locomotive: The Diesel

The Diesel

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s second engine is an Alco Diesel. The #803 is a 1956 S6, 6 cylinder 2S1B Prime Mover originally Southern Pacific 1050
and is used as the back-up for our steam locomotive 3716.

The Diesel was purchased from Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver. The engine was previously owned by Portland Terminals as ALCO #46. Its main use was to transfer raw materials (potash, coal, copper concentrate etc.) from CN-CP for export by ships to world destinations.

Technical Details

  • 115 Tons
  • 900 HP
  • Main Generator GE 584
  • Wheel Diameter 40″
  • Diesel Fuel Capacity: 600 Gallons
  • Length: 44′ 8″
  • Width: 10′ 3″
  • Smart Start equipped

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