Kettle Valley Railway Society

For over twenty years the Kettle Valley Railway Society has overseen the operation of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, preserving and sharing the history and heritage of the Kettle Valley Railway which was a key part of the transportation infrastructure of southern British Columbia. Welcoming well over 25,000 riders a year (30,000+ in 2016!) from all over the world to ride our vintage equipment pulled by our 105 year old steam engine, we give folks a glimpse into that time and the people who made "The Kettle", like so many railways of that era, such a significant part of the fabric of the country.

Our Impact Why We Exist

The Kettle Valley Railway Society was created in order to preserve and share the history of "The KV" and its impact on the people and history of southern British Columbia. The Society built and oversees the Kettle Valley Steam Railway which operates vintage equipment (featuring our 105 year old Steam Engine, #3716). Starting from our purpose built Station which features photos, murals and memorabilia, our riders are treated to a brief history during the scenic ride along a section of the original line which includes a stop on the historic Trout Creek Trestle Bridge. Enjoyable, entertaining and informative, our operation is itended to share the beauty and history of British Columbia with residents and visitors alike.

Our Story What We Do

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway preserves and shares with our visitors and riders some of the history and heritage of the age of steam railway in southern British Columbia. Our 105 year old steam engine, #3716, is an ideal representative of that age. Built in 1912 in the Montreal Locomotive Works this beautifully maintained Consolidation (2-8-0) class engine worked in the very mountains we now continue to operate in. We run on the only remaining section of the original Kettle Valley Railway line through some of the beautiful countryside in West Summerland and feature a stop on the 104 year old Trout Creek Trestle Bridge during the trip.

Our Programs How We Do It

Beginning each year, we offer two trains on one day of the Easter long weekend. We run a commemorative train honoring Canada's Veterans coincidental with Victory in Europe celebrations and in partnership with the Summerland Legion. We run two trains on Mother's Day each year and honor Mum with special treats and a flower following the trip.

In the spring and again in the fall of each year we operate three days a week, Sat-Mon and our full five day a week season runs in July and runs through to end August, when we run Thu-Mon. All normal days are two trains a day, at 10:30 and 1:30. Reservations can be made on line at kettlevalleyrail.org

During the summer season we also run our great train robbery events. The thunder of horses hooves and the snap of gunfire will surely excite riders as the Garnett Valley Gang strikes again! All monies raised in the robbery go to charities and the dedicated volunteers of the Garnet Valley Gang always put on a great show. A full BBQ dinner is seved after the train robbery events and these runs are almost always completely sold out.

All trains can be booked in advance and reservations are strongly recommended during our main summer season and especially for our special events like the Great Train Robberies, Easter, Mother's Day and Christmas Trains.

We offer two trains a day in the Christmas season with days varying each year according to the Holiday calendar.

Details on all our trains and events can be found at our website:  https://www.kettlevalleyrail.org/

We close at Christmas time till spring.

What You Can Do

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway relies on the support of members of the Kettle Valley Railway Society and volunteers to support the full time staff who operate the railway. We are always looking for new society members and/or volunteers, please contact us through the information at our website: https://www.kettlevalleyrail.org/about/society/

We are a not for profit organization and are self-supporting through the income from our ticket sales but can always make good use of donations to support our operation and will happily provide tax receipts for donations over $25.00

Joining our Society is an excellent way to show your support and brings many benefits to you and your family. Details on this can be found at https://www.kettlevalleyrail.org/about/society/

Contact

Gerry Conrad
President, Board of Directors
250.494.8422
Charitable Number: 869167288RR0001

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 550,000