He looked like a steam locomotive engineer: red-and-black plaid shirt, grease-stained and oily overalls, a cap and those long grey sideburns.Bill Graham most certainly is a steam locomotive engineer. But he’s also the owner of a railway which sends a loud whistling message we all can learn from — if you want something bad enough, anything is possible.Graham’s story snugly fit into Saturday’s afternoon as 500 people lunched on hamburgers and hot dogs in Fort Edmonton’s Blatchford Hanger. It marked the 50th year of the Fort Edmonton Park Foundation in an integral part of the park nestled west of the Quesnell Bridge.Park supporters returned to the fort to embrace the past, but, more importantly. envision the next half-century with unlimited optimism, imagination and compassion.Saturday’s gathering is the only scheduled public event from 2017 until the Fort re-opens in the spring of 2021. Wired fences, machines and work trailers now occupy much of the park as an extensive expansion in underway.That’s why Graham’s train tale was so appropriate. He grew up in Strome, Alta., near Camrose, and his family owned a road construction company. Like many young lads, Graham had a love of trains.“I guess I was seven when I took the crew ice water,” Graham said in a tone that makes you look for a chair to sit down and listen. “They hauled big boxes of fruit from the Okanagan.“When I brought them water they gave me fruit from their lunch buckets.”Graham was invited to ride in the cab with the crew. His dream to be in railway got stronger.But so did his creativity. He heard of a steam locomotive in a Louisiana swamp. In fact, it was partially immersed in mud.In typical Graham fashion, he only thought of four words: “Let’s go get it.”So, he did. Graham climbed into the cab — this time, in a semi-truck — and loaded the steam locomotive and drove it back to Edmonton.“It took a month or two,” Graham laughed. “We took a lot of back roads.”In March of 1977, Graham and the locomotive — which became know as 107 — arrived in Edmonton. He had a locomotive, alright. Next, he needed somewhere to run it.By chance Graham ran into then-mayor Terry Cavanagh at the Westin Hotel and shared an idea: 107 running around Fort Edmonton Park. Cavanagh was supportive.“Where I grew up , if the mayor said something was going to get done, it did,” he said. “I was pretty optimistic.”After he got the final approval, Graham hired a crew who were Portuguese to build the track.In 198l, 107 pulled out of the main station and made its first turn to the west and through the park. Over the years, it’s estimated 107 has chugged 100,000 miles and has transported two million passengers.The locomotive is resting now and will have a new state-of-the-art shop in the future. It will be fired up when the park re-opens.Indeed, it’s because of Bill Graham: his act of kindness — serving a train crew ice water — has given millions magical memories.