The west end of the yard tracks were redesigned with a yard lead and substantial changes made to the service tracks and buildings. This happened most likely in late 1943 to early 1944 which is the period between the date of the track-plan shown in the last post and the date of the one reproduced today. For further detailed information we rely on and heartily recommend Joe Smuin's Kettle Valley Railway Mileboards.
Before going further with the commentary on the drawings presented here, we should point out that there are some other fainter lines appearing in this drawing which we believe are simply draftsman's doodling; for instance there never was a wye in Brookmere as the lines suggest and there were no additional yard or service tracks added to the existing three yard tracks within the "wye". We speculate that CPR designers and draftsmen were looking at ways to provide turning facilities for the new locomotives coming on stream for the southern mainline in the late forties. These new locos were principally, the 5200 mikados with their large 10,000 gallon tender which made them too long to fit on the 70 foot turntable. The drawing shows a faint circle surrounding the existing turntable and this suggests that they were considering a larger table. This was not to be of course, and we understand that for the few occasions when a 5200 had to be turned, it was run down the grade to Brodie using the wye junction to do the deed.
There were two permanent changes to the east end of the yard that were made: yard track #3 which had formerly been stub-ended was connected to the other two yard tracks; a caboose track for the Princeton subdivision crews was built between Yard track #1 and the main line. The interesting wavy offset to the yard tracks was retained in order to get around the station. Track Centres are 60 feet near the Station.
There were two significant events in 1949, which are reflected in the construction of new engine facilities. These are drawn on the plan. The first was the destruction of the Engine House because of a boiler explosion on March 21, of that year. A new and larger Engine House (the third one) was soon constructed to replace it. Also in that year was begun the conversion of the Kettle Valley steam engines to burn Bunker "C" Oil. Most locomotives had been burning coal to that point. Although the Coaling Plant remained for a few more years, Oil Tanks and service pipes were installed along with the requisite service track and unloading shed. Although not showing on the plan, a boiler house appears in photos of the time which would have provided steam heat to the Bunker C Oil to enable it to flow especially in cold weather. The Sump drawings show the heating coils. Best guess for this building is that it was a standard No. 2 Pump House [16'x32'].
The buildings and track plan can be seen more clearly on the following enlargement.
- House (Dwelling) [36' x 20']
- Derail on the Service Track
- Sand House [12' x 32']
- Coaling Plant - 60 ton [tower proper 18'x18'] (blt 1944)
- Engine House for Coaling Plant [11'x13'] (not Round House)
- Engineman's Bunkhouse [23' x 60'] (blt 1944)
- 20,000 gal. Water Tank [22'-6'x22'-6'] (blt ~1915)
- 5,000 Barrel (bbl) Bunker C Oil Storage Tank [36' diam] (blt 1949)
- Sump [20' diam] , Pump House and Steam lines (for the Bunker C)
- Oil Unloading Track and Shed (later a Car Shed) [18'x100'] (blt 1949 or 1950)
- Service Tank and Standpipe (blt 1949)
- Cinder Pit and Depressed Cinder Service Track [280' long] (filled in ~1950)
- Oil House [12'x18'] and Store House [10'x12'] (and possibly Book-In Shack)
- Turntable [70' long] (blt 1913)
- Engine House [100' long - middle two tracks with service pits] (blt 1949)
- Water Box (in ground?)
- Road Crossing
- Station [24'x74'] (blt 1917)
- Double Privy [~4'x9'] (Public Toilets) and sometimes a Coal Shed for Cabooses
- Watchman's Bunkhouse [10'x36'] (an Old Car body)
- West Caboose Track (and storage track)
- Various Private Dwellings with owners' names noted
- Equipment Lighting Building (not sure this existed in 1949)
- Roadmaster's House [36'x25'] (blt 1945)
- Agent's House [24'x32'] (blt 1917)
- Locomotive Foreman's Duplex House [~26'x56']
- New School (not sure the "new" i e current one existed in 1949)
We will continue our look at Brookmere Division Point in later years with some photos and details on the track layout and buildings in the next post.