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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > Hope > Othello Tunnels
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Othello Tunnels
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 Database Info
created by yohan12 on 5/14/2011 9:36 PM
last modified by followthewhiterabbit on 9/14/2017 6:04 AM
 Viewability
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 Overview
 Description
The Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon consist of 5 tunnels and over several bridges.

 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors, Tunnels
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: open to the public
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
Off Highway # 5, Exit 183
Hope, British Columbia
Canada
Owner: B.C. Government
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  •  Hazards
  • Dark Tunnels, Falling Rocks
  •  Interesting Features
    Part of "First Blood" Was filmed in the canyon.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1910
    Closed: 1961
     Required Equipment
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     History
    Built in 1910, The Kettle Valley Railroad connected the Kootenay region with the BC Coast. In 1959 there was a washout that was too big to repair, This section of the KVR was officially abandoned in 1961

    *UPDATE* August 25 2015 by Rio


    The greatest challenge of the KVR was the Coquihalla gorge, just east of Hope, where the river had cut a 300-foot-deep channel in solid granite. Other engineers had suggested a mile-long tunnel by-passing the gorge, but It was decided to build directly through it. Hanging in the gorge in a wicker basket, They surveyed the canyon for a straight line of tunnels that could be dug simultaneously. Cliff ladders, suspension bridges and ropes allowed workers to complete what is, to this day, regarded as a spectacular engineering feat.

    This section of the KVR boasts the most expensive mile of railway track in the world: $300,000 in 1914. The construction was done almost exclusively by hand with the assistance of a few horse drawn scrapers and some black powder.

    On November 23, 1959, a washout was reported just north of the tunnels. The 400-foot washout was too large to be filled in one day, and numerous other washouts added to the troubles of the maintenance crews. The line was closed and never reopened. It was officially abandoned in July of 1961. The tunnels and surrounding area became a provincial park in 1998.

    Much of the modern four-lane Coquihalla Highway is built upon the original rail bed of the Kettle Valley Railway.

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    Sept 2010
    Sat, Sep 25th, 2010
    posted by yohan12
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     Web Links
    http://www.env.gov...gs/coquihalla_cyn/
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    Category Rating
    Photography 6 / 10
    Coolness 5 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 9/14/2017 9:20 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Sep 14 17 at 9:20, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Sep 14 17 at 6:04, followthewhiterabbit changed the following: Accessibility
  • on Aug 26 15 at 0:05, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Aug 25 15 at 19:01, -Rio- changed the following: History
  • on Aug 25 15 at 9:01, -Rio- changed the following: Description
  • on May 15 11 at 13:27, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on May 14 11 at 22:25, yohan12 made this location available
  • on May 14 11 at 22:24, yohan12 updated gallery picture DSC02016.jpg
  • on May 14 11 at 22:23, yohan12 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 14 11 at 22:23, yohan12 added some pictures to a gallery
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