The Kaslo & Slocam Railway

The Kaslo & Slocan Railway began service in 1895, running between Kaslo, BC, and the mining community of Sandon in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. (Right of way)

Image: Payne Bluff above Sandon on the Kaslo and Slocan Railway (BC Archives)

Like most mountainous railroads, it ran a narrow gauge route, and competed with the Canadian Pacific Railway-owned Nakusp & Slocan Railway throughout its life for access to the silver mines in the area.

1908 would be the last year of independence for this line, as expensive repairs were needed after spring flooding. 

CP would lease the line in perpetuity and merge it with the N&S Railway in 1911. While it initially was profitable during World War I, traffic slowly dwindled, until CP finally abandoned the line in 1955.

Further Reading: The Skyline Limited: The Kaslo and Slocan Railway (Amazon)

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