In 1941

In 1941

Historian to examine railway’s past

A Kettle Valley Railway historian and author will speak about the historic railway during Canada’s Heritage Week later this month.

A Kettle Valley Railway historian and author will speak about the historic railway during Canada’s Heritage Week later this month.

Joe Smuin’s talk, on Saturday, Feb. 20, is on The Centennial of the Kettle Valley Railway 1915-2015.

The one-hour presentation will focus on the railway’s history between Penticton and Princeton.

“This year’s Heritage Week theme is Distinctive Destinations, and with the Kettle Valley Steam Railway being our town’s main distinctive destination, Joe’s presentation is a great fit,” said Dave Hill, chair of the Summerland Heritage Advisory Commission.

“We’re very excited to sponsor this event and welcome Joe. Summerland residents and railway enthusiasts are in for a real treat.”

Smuin has written two books about the railway.

The books are Kettle Valley Railway Mileboards and Canadian Pacific’s Kettle Valley Railway.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation and there will be an opportunity to view a railway display created by the Summerland Museum and Heritage Society.

The event will be held in the basement of the old library building, next to the Summerland Museum on Wharton Street, beginning at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Canada’s Heritage Week runs from Feb. 15 to 21.