Every organization has at least one person who gets them up off of the ground. The person who stands out for their selflessness and their contributions to the organization. That person is Don Broadbear.
Don Broadbear is a member of the North America Railway Hall of Fame. He has worked on the railway since the age of seventeen and is the only son of Percy Broadbear, a locomotive engineer with Canadian Pacific Railway.
In 1993, Don Broadbear was approached to take over the project of restoring Number 9. He accepted the enormous project and Number 9 arrived in over 500 pieces on five rail cars on December 23 of 1993. He worked relentlessly on the project and wore many hats throughout the project to get Number 9 back up and running on the rails again.
In October of 1997, Number 9 was fired up and operated under the locomotives own power for the first time in years. He is one of few who attempted a project of this size and saw the finished result.
He is a great leader, educator, worker and a friend to many. The Board of Directors through a motion at the May 2011 Board meeting passed the following motion in recognition of Don’s contributions:
“Moved by Peter McGough and Seconded by Ross White that Don Broadbear be bestowed an Honourary Life Membership in SOLRS for his long and outstanding commitment to the Society and the Canadian railway preservation.”
Thank you, Don and the Broadbear Family, for all of your hard work and for carving the path for the railway that we know today.