Kettle Valley Steam Railway, Summerland, Okanagan

At the end of the line, just before the Trout Creek bridge and trestle, the Kettle Valley Railway steam engine must switch sides in order to pull the engine back to the station in Summerland, British Columbia. Here is when riders get a close up look as the engine thunders past the passenger cars!. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Riders on the train can watch as the Kettle Valley Railway engine switches sides on the switchback, passing by all the passengers in the cars.

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Just 6 kilometres from the main Highway 97, in Summerland, British Columbia is a unique experience - the Kettle Valley Steam Railway. Once a line which passed through canyons, over lakes and rivers, bringing immigrants, supplies and other necessities from one coast to the other, today, it operates mainly as biking and hiking paths in the Okanagan region. However one small section has been preserved, a sixteen kilometre stretch of track which offers excursions on a steam train! Climb aboard the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and enjoy the scenic views, glimpses of orchards, vineyards and Okanagan Lake, and experience the railway as it would have been decades ago!

The Kettle Valley Railway was built between 1910 to 1915 and was referred to as the Kootenay to Coast Connection. Built after the Canadian Pacific Railway linked Canada's East and West Coast, the Kettle Valley Railway connected British Columbia's Okanagan region to Vancouver and with it, a bounty of fruit, minerals and a steady flow of summertime visitors. However, with the construction of the highway, the line was closed in 1989. The Kettle Valley Railway was mostly dismantled soon after, becoming a series of hiking and biking trails except for a ten kilometre stretch which was preserved by the Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society.

In 1999, this small section of track opened as the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, offering rides from Spring to Fall. The KVSR also offers several special events throughout the year such as the Easter Train, the Mothers Day Train, the Christmas Train (an after dark tradition where the train is lit up and Santa pays a special visit to the train) and lastly, a series of 'Great Train Robberies' where the engine is held up by members of the notorious Garnett Valley Gang. It is recommended that visitors buy tickets in advance for special events as they sell out quickly.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway's journey begins at Prairie Valley Station which offers ticket sales a gift shop, snacks, bathrooms and artifacts both inside and out. Once aboard, riders have the opportunity to see the distinctive Okanagan countryside including its vineyards, orchards and forests below. The ride along the Kettle Valley Steam Railway ends 238 feet above the canyon floor atop Trout Creek Trestle Bridge (built in 1913) which offers spectacular views of the Okanagan valley below. The entire trip takes around ninety-minutes and is one of the premiere attractions in the region.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway Society operates two engines, the original 1924 Shay locomotive and the main engine, the Montreal Locomotive Works 2-8-0 #3716. Because of the constraints of this small stretch of track, the engine can only pull in one direction, using two switches to change sides on the cars. When the engine leaves the station it goes backwards and on the way back it pulls it forwards. Riders can see the train switch sides just before Trout Creek Trestle.

Climb aboard the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and experience the thrill of riding behind a steam engine while having the opportunity to see the famous countryside of British Columbia's Okanagan region!

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The puffing, steaming engine which is part of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway offers spectacular photos and an adventure for all ages as it chugs along a preserved section of historic track in Summerland, part of British Columbia's Okanagan region.
Riders on Engine 3716 get a chance to disembark at the end of the line just before the Trout Creek trestle. Here, riders can enjoy the scenic views of Summerland, British Columbia, Okanagan Lake and also take photos with the steam train as it fills up its water tank.
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland, British Columbia is a 10 mile (16 kilometre) long track which has no turntables to turn the engine around - for this reason, the train must be pulled backwards one way and it moves to the front of the train along a switchback at the end of the line at Trout Creek bridge.
Located six kilometres from Highway 97 in Summerland, British Columbia, a journey on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway begins at Prairie Valley Station. This small wooden station is a ticket station, gift shop and collection of artifacts and photos from the history of the Kettle Valley Railway.
Before and after the train rides at the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland, British Columbia, visitors can see the powerful steam locomotive, Engine 3716 up close and talk to its drivers. This impressive engine pulls six cars through this stretch of track and is a popular attraction in the Okanagan region.
At certain times of the year, volunteers who work with the Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland, British Columbia get the additional treat of listening to old songs and music which is played on an accordion. Played on the platform and while on the trail, it brings an extra sense of whimsy to the ride through the Okanagan region.
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is the only remnant of tracks which still operate in British Columbia's Okanagan region. Engine 3716 provides a scenic ride above Summerland where riders can see the orchards, vineyards, farmlands and houses which sprawl throughout the valley.


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