Good Morning, Flexers!
The Kettle Valley Railway operated from 1915 and was abandoned, in portions,
beginning in 1961, with the surviving portion west of Penticton seeing their
last trains in 1989. The KVR operated across southern British Columbia, west of
Midway running to Rock Creek, then north to Myra Canyon, down to Penticton,
over to Princeton, Coalmont, Brookmere, Coquihalla and finally Hope where it
connected to the main CPR line.
Today, much of the railroad's original route has been converted to a multi-use
recreational trail, known as the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, which carries the
Trans-Canada Trail through this part of British Columbia. In other areas, the
rails were ripped up and the land lies dormant.
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway has been operating a heritage railway (with, I
believe, an original KVR steam engine) along a preserved 10-kilometer section
from Prairie Valley Station to Canyon View Siding, near Summerland, British
Columbia. This is the only remaining active section of the Kettle Valley
During our sojourn through the backwoods, last Sunday, we discovered that one
of the old water tanks for the steam engines still stands in Brookmere, BC.
Though I suspect if you filled it with water, today, it would collapse under
There are no tracks, just the water tower and, behind it, a large steel tank -
presumably to hold additional water.
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