The Kettle Valley Railroad (KVR) was a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway that operated in the Thompson-Okanagan region of southern British Columbia. KVR was built out of necessity to service the growing mining demands in the Southern Interior BC. It opened in 1915 and was abandoned in portions beginning in 1961, with the final segment falling into disuse in 1989. Much of the railroad’s original route has been converted to a multi-use recreational trail, known as the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
The following pictures and video were taken at KVR Canyon View Station in Summerland, BC nearby Dirty Laundry Vineyard
History: Trout Creek Bridge of Kettle Valley Railway at Canyon View Station, Summerland
Completed in 1913, the original structure was 189m (619ft) long, including a 76m (250ft) steel truss bridge, with two trestle approaches. It was the highest structure on the KVR line, at 72m (238ft) above the creek. In the late 1920’s, the trestles were filled in with earth.
Andrew McCulloch, Chief Engineer of the KVR, personally oversaw the construction of the bridge. Upon its completion, his calculations were out a mere quarter of an inch.
Exact location of KVR Canyon View Station is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).
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