Myra Cannon Trestle Fire anniversary

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by spitfire, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    On Aug. 16, 2003 a lightening bolt ignited a forest fire that was spread by high winds, and aided by the fact that it had been a very dry summer. By the time it was over the fire had destroyed 200 homes in the town of Kelowna BC, and spreading up the mountainside to the former Kettle Creek RR, burnt 12 of the old wooden trestles to ashes.

    The news was posted here on the Gauge at the time, but no one knew what, if anything would be done about the trestles.

    In 2004 the BC gov't pledged $13.5 million for the restoration of these historic trestles, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2007. Of course with governments you can never be sure... elections happen etc. etc.

    But, the good news is that restoration is ongoing. The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society has a progress report at their website. Coincidently they have a few nice trestle photos as well. :D :D

  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Cool!!! great stuff!!!
  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Good News is Good news

    And also a great website.
    Thanks Val.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That is great news Val. Thanks for letting us know about this.:thumb: :D :) :wave:
  6. joesho

    joesho Member

    wow what great news i biked the trestles before they burned and wow they were great trestles but now there rebuilt. Im glad to see that so many people are putting so much time and efort into it after being quite frustrated after such trestles burned down. thanks for the news val :)
  7. KCS

    KCS Member

    Remember when you cross over thins. It's always built by the lowest bidder! Comforting isn"t it? that is good news though
  8. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Sorry I'm a bit late but I can give you a first hand account of what's going on with the restoration and access to the trestles since I was mountian biking up there a month ago.
    It's probably better that I show you through the pictures that I took:
    This is the view from trestle #1 It survived the fire. This picture also gives a hiker or cyclist the first view into Myra canyon. In the distance you can see the bare canyon wall where the fire raced through three years ago

    This is the view from trestle #2 It was destroyed in the fire and has since been rebuilt. Across the canyon you can now see the roadbed and a couple trestles.

    This is another view from trestle #1 shot later in the day you can see the fire damage better

    A later day picture from trestle #2 the trestle on the other side of the canyon is more visible. Abouve the roadbed you can see just how much damage the fire did to the forest. All of the bare area was dense forest before. After the fires logging companies were given special liecense to salvage what timber they could, as a result the area above the myra canyon is largly clear cut and re-planted. when I was up there, the clear cut areas were just large fields of pink/red fireweed.

    This is trestle #1 It is a survivor of the fires. You can tell because the hardward on it is black and there is a slight red tint to the timber from the fire retardant sprayed on it during the fires in 2003. there are still visible patched of the read fire retardant in the unburned forest.


    This is Trestle #2 it is a rebuilt but to the untrained eye it looks very much like the originals. The main differences are the shiny new hardware and the bents are slightly wider spaced. The timbers might be a bit smaller but witout a tape measure you couldn't tell. Trestle #3 has been rebuilt but the access is blocked off at the end of trestle 2 and won't be removed until nex year due to construction on #4 which is the one of the longest and is the highest trestle in the canyon (except the steel spans) On the other side of the canyon my understanding is you can access right up to the first tunnel which take you over 7 trestles, some survivors and some rebuilds.
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks for the great update Glen! Nothing like having our own personal reporter on the spot!!

  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks for the pictures Glen...!

  11. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    You're welcome. I'm writing this early Sunday morning. Right after breakfast I'm going back up to the other side of the canyon with my camera to check out what it looks like over there.

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