Speaker to talk about historic bridge

Trout Creek Trestle Bridge played role in Summerland’s history

Kettle Valley Railway historian Joe Smuin will speak about the history of a Summerland railway bridge later this month.

The talk, “An infinitesimal bridge” — The Trout Creek Canyon Bridge, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, as part of Canada’s Heritage Week, Feb. 19 to 25.

The presentation will start at 1 p.m. and focus on the history of the century-old trestle bridge and the urgent need for $600,000 required this year to maintain it.

“The 2018 Heritage Week theme is ‘Heritage Stands the Test of Time,’ and with the Kettle Valley Steam Railway being our town’s major distinctive destination, Joe’s talk is a great fit,” says Dave Hill, chair of Summerland’s Heritage Advisory Commission.

“We’re especially pleased that The Service Station at the Lakeside Church is joining the commission, the KVRS Society, the Okanagan Historical Society and the Summerland Museum to host this event.”

Smuin is the author of two books: Kettle Valley Railway Mileboards and Canadian Pacific’s Kettle Valley Railway.

A Summerland resident, he is a popular speaker and regularly attracts enthusiastic audiences in packed venues.

The free event will be held at The Service Station in Lower Town. Donations are welcome and will benefit the KVRS. Registration is not required. Seating is limited to 100 people, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers recommend that the public arrive early. Doors open at noon.

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