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iN PHOTOS: Creative captures of railway bridges in Kamloops, Okanagan

Frost and graffiti can be seen at the bottom of the CN rail bridge over the North Thompson river in January, 2024.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Bruce Richards

The trestle bridges, swing bridges and lift bridges along the rail lines in Kamloops and the Okanagan have interesting histories and can be unique subjects of photography. 

The CN railroad bridge that spans the North Thompson River in Kamloops was built in 1914 and was the first vertical lift rail bridge in the country.

The bridge has two towers sticking up from its centre, remnants of a pulley system that used to lift the centre of the bridge to allow for boats to pass.

It’s a subject of photography, with snaps taken from all angles, including aerial shots.

The CNR North Thompson bridge and Halston Bridge in Kamloops are pictured in this aerial photo taken in the summer of 2023.
The CNR North Thompson bridge and Halston Bridge in Kamloops are pictured in this aerial photo taken in the summer of 2023.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lucas Cain

The CN railroad bridge that spans the South Thompson River by Riverside Park in Kamloops is also a beloved subject of photography with or without trains crossing.

Built in 1927 by Coughlin Steel Ltd, it’s a steel girder bridge with a 208-feet swing span.

The Trout Creek Trestle Bridge in Summerland was the highest trestle bridge on the historic Kettle Valley Railway system stretching 619 feet across and 238 feet above the canyon floor, according to Kettle Valley Rail.

A trestle bridge is seen on the Myra Canyon stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway in Kelowna.
A trestle bridge is seen on the Myra Canyon stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway in Kelowna.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Floortje Molenaar

Built between 1910 and 1915, the last freight train rode the rails in 1989. Today it is part of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

The Myra Canyon Trestles on the Kettle Valley Railway were built at the turn of the century as part of a track that runs along a steep-walled canyon, according to BC Rail Trails.

Located in Kelowna, the stretch of rail trail offers stunning, scenic views and several opportunities to snap photos of the 19 wooden trestles along the route. 

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This stunning photo of the South Thompson River flowing under the railway bridge was taken from Riverside Park in Kamloops.
This stunning photo of the South Thompson River flowing under the railway bridge was taken from Riverside Park in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Kali Smith

Trestle bridges are made of short spans supported by trestle frames. Early trestle bridges used timber to support as a temporary solution to transportation on railroads, according to History of Bridges.

When spanning deep valleys the temporary timber trestles were built to keep the track stable while trains transported materials to create solid full under the tracks.

Some timber trestles were used as permanent supports where water flow or flooding could make solid fills unsafe.

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This photo of the CN rail bridge over the North Thompson river was taken from the North Shore in Kamloops.
This photo of the CN rail bridge over the North Thompson river was taken from the North Shore in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Stephen Squires

Most timber trestles were gradually replaced with steel and concrete ones, and by the end of the 1800s, completely new bridge constructions were using with iron and steel. Different types of trestle bridges include ones built with wood, stone, iron, steel and concrete.

Did we miss any spectacular railroad bridges in Kamloops and the Okanagan? Let us know in the comments below.

The rail bridge over the South Thompson River is pictured at dawn in Kamloops.
The rail bridge over the South Thompson River is pictured at dawn in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Travis Bonner

A trestle bridge is seen on the Myra Canyon stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway in Kelowna.
A trestle bridge is seen on the Myra Canyon stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway in Kelowna.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Floortje Molenaar

The Trout Creek Trestle bridge in Summerland is located on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
The Trout Creek Trestle bridge in Summerland is located on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Michelle Simpson

The Trout Creek Trestle bridge in Summerland is located on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
The Trout Creek Trestle bridge in Summerland is located on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Steve Grimaldi

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