Cumberland Collieries Railway

Vancouver Island, BC


by Patrick O. Hind

Available at the Museum & Archives Company Store for $26

In 1992 author Patrick O. Hind completed the original manuscript detailing the history of the Cumberland Collieries Railway and its diverse roster of historic steam locomotives. The project was funded through a BC Heritage Trust Grant. After completion, the manuscript sat in the archives at the Cumberland Museum for nearly 20 years. ln 2011 a group of local historians formed a publishing team to prepare the manuscript for print. After a dedicated volunteer effort, the Cumberland Collieries Railway book is now complete, offering a compelling historical insight into this little know, yet significant piece of Cumberland’s industrial past.

Author Patrick O. Hind writes “This story is about the railway that connects the mines at Cumberland with the deep sea ships that called from all corners of the world to carry the mined coal to railways and industry. It is a story of the railway through the years. The locomotives that operated over the railway, and the men that operated them.”

Cumberland Collieries’ Railway contains 50 photographs carefully selected from the Archives of Cumberland and Union Bay. Also included are images of the locomotives in their later years taken by the late renowned railway photographer, David Wilkie. The book appeals to locomotive enthusiasts, and those who love Vancouver Island History.