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Completing the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) easily ranks in the "top ten"; of B.C. engineering feats. It took three decades to construct a rail line through five mountain passes, including the Coquihalla Pass and Myra Canyon. Hence the most difficult railway in Canada to operate, the KVR was often referred to as McCulloch's Wonder, citing the achievements of the turn-of-the-century engineer Andrew McCulloch.

Railway buff Barrie Sanford spent ten years researching the building of the KVR line for McCulloch's Wonder: The Story of the Kettle Valley Railway (1977) which has gone through numerous printings. Sales were boosted in 2003 by the forest fires south of Kelowna that destroyed some of the KVR's bridgework, bringing cross-Canada attention to the rail line that was once considered the lifeline of southern B.C. The KVR is also the subject of Sanford's pictorial history, Steel Rails and Iron Men (1990).


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Designing the short-lived Kettle Valley Railroad, then taking three decades to construct a Kootenay line through the Coquihalla Pass and Myra Canyon, easily ranks in the 'top ten' of B.C. engineering feats. That's why the most difficult railway in Canada to operate, the KVR, was often referred to as McCulloch's Wonder in honour of turn-of-the-century engineer Andrew McCulloch. Railway buff Barrie Sanford spent ten years researching the building of the Kettle Valley Railway line for McCulloch's Wonder: The Story of the Kettle Valley Railway (Whitecap, 1977) which has gone through numerous printings. Sanford updated McCulloch's Wonder in 2003. The book's sales were boosted in 2003 by the forest fires south of Kelowna that destroyed some of the KVR's bridgework, bringing cross-Canada attention to the rail line that was once considered the lifeline of southern B.C. Three decades under construction, across five mountain passes, mainly overseen by Chief Engineer Andrew McCullough, the KVR is also the subject of Sanford's pictorial history, Steel Rails and Iron Men (Whitecap, 1990).

Born in New Westminster and raised in White Rock, Sanford is an avid photographer who has lived in Quesnel and has an engineering degree from UBC, plus a business administration degree from SFU. In 1972 he won an award for best technical paper in British Columbia from the Corporation of B.C. Land Surveyors.

Entranced by the opening and closing of the New Westminster train bridge as a child, Barrie Sanford was married on a train near the bridge and eventually wrote Royal Metal: The People, Times and Trains of New Westminster Bridge (Sandhill / National Railway Historical Society, 2004). In addition, Sanford has produced the Pictorial History of Railroading in British Columbia, as well as Railway by the Bay: 100 Years of Trains at White Rock, Crescent Beach and Ocean Park (National Railway Historical Society, 2009).

Barry Sanford has written the text to accompany the images of steam trains throughout British Columbia for Train Master: The Railway Art of Max Jacquiard (Sandhill/Sanford, 2012), a collection of art by Canada's leading railway artist. 978-0-9735602-2-0 $39.95

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Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
McCulloch's Wonder-The Story of the Kettle Valley Railway
Steel Rails and Iron Men: A Pictorial History of the Kettle Valley Railway
Train Master: The Railway Art of Max Jacquiard