We present here from other sources, some vintage photos for modeling purposes and for your enjoyment.
The late Lance Camp was an avid railfan, railway photographer and model builder. He was very generous to me and I am sure he would be most pleased to share the following photos with you. The first is a look railway east where we see the cottages of the Company workers. Again the Tank is prominent with the section house nearby. The section house is not yet clad in Insulbrick so that also suggests a date before 1950. The whitish roof of the fishing Lodge is just visible in the distance. And note the velocipede in the foreground - a sort of rail-cycle.
Another photo from Lance's collection shows their backyards of which the film provides even better detail. Perhaps Mr. Jackson took this still as well.
A final shot of buildings is given here to show the best we have of the Lodge itself. This one will be very useful to your blogger when he attempts to give the passenger trains of the Kettle Valley Model Railway a reason to stop at the station.
SH section house WT water tank TH tool house SS station shelter BH bunk house ML main lodge C cabins What is mainly visible are the shadows of the buildings cast by the bright sunlight of the day.
There is interesting detail of this area in the aforementioned film that was recorded by Mr. Joe Jackson. The film shows passing trains, the railway workers, lodge guests and hosts with some good shots of their buildings. It also shows an eastbound freight powered by two 3600 locomotives slowly passing by the water tank. The film was released on YouTube by the Royal British Columbia Museum archives and here again is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw85LKz6dQo
The Lil-Joe lodge building that is depicted in the film is somewhat different from the one that appears in later still photos. Whereas the film shows a frame building, the later shots suggest a much larger two-storey log building. Neither do the guest cabins appear in the film. But the fish were biting.
Here is a more recent view of our current area of interest taken from a position close to where the cottages would have been. Looking down at the approach road which occupies the former right-of-way we see the entrance to the modern day lodge which is situated by the lake unlike that of Joe and lil Jackson which was up on the hill off to the left of the photo. The flat area where the dump truck is parked is the approximate site of the old water tank and section house. The Coquihalla highway is seen on the left at the top of the embankment.
A note about present day accommodations in the area:
- There are restrooms at the summit beside the highway. Notices posted in the washrooms state that the water is no longer drinkable.
- The modern lodge boasts "great ATV riding, boating, hunting, rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, fishing, swimming, mountain Biking & more!" http://www.coquihallalakeslodge.com/index.php
- There are also nice undeveloped camp sites on the eastern shore of the lakes that are quite popular.
In the bottom right hand corner can be seen a local lad who is looking at the camera man as he trips the shutter. The walkway in the foreground near his head suggests that the cottages are immediately to the photographer's right. The pusher is again working hard in the rear as evidenced by the heavy smoke she is producing. This scene with steamers would be impossible by the end of 1953 when dieselization was nearly complete.
In the following shot, it looks like the Dispatcher has indeed fixed a meet. Both "boards" are down for the "middle order" which would have required No. 79, engine 5169, to hold for the Extra 3629 East which is in the process of taking the siding. Kindly dispatchers were sometimes inclined to help a heavy freight struggling up the hill to not have to stop for a meet on the steep grades of the Division. Once the superior train was by, restarting the train on the 2.2% ruling grade could be a challenge for two or even three locomotives. I was told that the dispatcher would sometimes hold a passenger train for a freight if he could time it well. Passenger trains could easily make up time downgrade whereas a stalled or stalling freight could tie up the mainline for some time.
The next few posts will be in answer to two readers about other stations on the KVR, notably Hope and Tulameen which they are considering as modelling subjects. But there are so many more items to write about: locos, boxcars, DCC systems, decoders, scenery, trackwork, operations, bridges, buildings. The subjects for the KVR modeler are seemingly endless. Till next time;
Update: The photo of a freight leaded by engine 3742 was incorrectly called an eastbound. A reader caught the mistake and it has been corrected to read westbound. The rest of the train identification is appropriate in suggesting that the this is No 79 or Second 79.