Railway enthusiasts were pleased to hear earlier this week that the federal government has chipped in close to $2 million to preserve the spectacular Kinsol Trestle. With matching funds from the province and local government, that means that the historic old bridge across the Koksilah River on southern Vancouver Island will be saved. (Details at www.tomhawthorne.com)
The wooden trestle is as high as a 14-storey building and extends 187 metres across a deep canyon. It was built by CN in 1930 and takes its name from the nearby King Solomon copper mine.
The rehabilitated trestle will be part of the Trans-Canada Trail when it opens to hikers and cyclists in 2011. To see some spectacular images of the structure, visit www.kinsoltrestle.ca.