Former city councillor Joe Leong has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud and theft and has opted to be tried in front of a judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court.
Leong's lawyer, Ken Walker, made the election at an arraignment hearing Tuesday.
In his role as former treasurer of Kamloops Heritage Railway, Leong is charged with two counts each of fraud, theft over $5,000 and breach of trust. The allegations stem from actions between February 2011 and March 2012.
The heritage railway board resigned en masse in May last year. A new board ordered an audit, which raised questions about the struggling society's finances and Leong's role as treasurer, a position he's held for two decades.
None of the allegations have been heard in court.
Three days will be set aside for a preliminary inquiry, which is unlikely to he held until next year, Walker said.
The Crown indicated it will call nine witnesses to the hearing, including one RCMP member.
Preliminary inquiries are held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to advance to a trial.
Transport Canada ordered the steam engine off the rails this year due to mechanical problems. Repairs have been estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.