The sun shone on the final day of Ladysmith Heritage Week, an annual event celebrating the industrial past of this colourful town.
At the Ladysmith Waterfront Exhibition on Feb. 22, adults grew kidlike and kids bounced with excitement as they took in the attractions that are the result of much hard work by many skilled volunteers over years of time.
A restored pumper speeder—a muscle-powered rail car used in the past to scout the track up ahead and transport men and equipment—propelled beaming youngsters and adults back and forth over a short section of track.
The two Ladysmith ambassadors adding a festive air in their matching sashes and tiaras, were also excited to go for a ride.
In the locomotive shop, the massive, gleaming black Locomotive 11 loomed, greatly restored and impressive.
Outside the shop, on the same stretch of track, was the rebuilt Humdirgen, bright yellow with alien looking appendages, custom designed to push logs off of rail cars. A handmade, intricately detailed working model of a steam locomotive and tender—much smaller but also impressive—was on display for the first time.
Nearby is the refurbished boxcar, converted for the occasion into an interactive space for families, with a miniature train circulating on a track inside and an area where children had fun painting model boats and railway spikes.
Approximately 550 people attended heritage events during the week, made possible by collaboration between various organizations and the work of a large body of volunteers. See more photos at ladysmithchronicle.com.