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The Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Summerland, British Columbia, Canada

An Historic Railway Adventure in the Heart of the Okanagan Valley


British Columbia's historic Kettle Valley Railway lives again ...


From a viewer
I was wondering if you had any information regarding abandoned railways in B.C. ? If you do or know of a url could you please pass it onto me..... Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance,

The best known abandoned railway in the province of British Columbia, Canada is the famous Kettle Valley line, which a lot of people from here and around the world enjoy for hiking adventures and cycle trips. Here is a brief introduction of it from the web:

"The ribbons of steel that made up the Kettle Valley Railway are gone. All that is left are 16 km (9.9 mi.) of track, the odd station house and out buildings, a few relics and the history. The Kettle Valley Railway was the tie that bound the Kootenays to the rest of British Columbia. The Kettle Valley Railway started at Hope and went all the way to Midway, zigzagging throughout the south western sections of B.C. From Hope, the KVR made its way through the Coquihalla River gorge. It continued onward to Princeton, West Summerland, Penticton, along the south side of Okanagan Lake and finally south to Midway, for a total of 525 km (325 mi.). They constructed branch lines to Merritt and to Osoyoos, making the line complete. "

There's more about this historic railway line on the web site:

There is also a working short line steam railway in the Okanagan Valley operating for tourists from Summerland, BC.

If you get a chance to visit the area and explore the line, please send us your comments.

Jerry W. Bird, Editor

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