Okanagan Wine Train
Operated by Nagle Tours a long-time motor coach tour operator over
CN's Kelowna Sub.
from Kelowna to Armstrong (50 miles) in 1998 and in 2000 33 miles to
It ceased operating mid-season in 2001.
(Note: Kelowna Pacific Railway leased line from CN February 6, 2000
to July 5, 2013 when it went into receivership. CN resumed operation).
Train departed Kelowna seasonally Saturdays at 5:00 P.M. for a five-hour
through two valleys, along three lakes and past countless farms and
Meals and wines were served onboard in three themed-music coaches
as well regular coaches used for the scenic ride only.
Chasing the Okanagan Wine Train on a Saturday in August 2000.
The images show the wine train arriving Vernon (on OKAN ex CP trackage)
on a gorgeous August Saturday.
After the power ran around the train, it was spotted beside the "Powerhouse
Theatre" for the stage show.
Bob Nagel, his wife and daughter are shown directing the passengers
into the theatre.
Long shot of the train sitting at Vernon. KPR 3515 ex CN 3515 M-420
A total of 22 passenger cars of various types were acquired in 1998
South of Vernon, the CN tracks followed the west shore of Kalamalka
Lake. In the early 1990's, BC Highway 97
was relocated further inland, and the old two lane highway became Vista
Drive. When these images were taken,
there were few homes overlooking Kalamalka Lake, and some impressive
look down views of CN and KPR trains
were available from the top of the cliffs. Since then, million dollar
homes have been built along the top of the cliffs,
ending public access.
At Kikuli Bay, there is a public boat launch and RV campsite.
Finally, just north of Oyama at the south end of Kalamalka Lake, the
train passes a vineyard.
Real estate prices in the north end of the Okanagan valley have seen
most vineyards replaced by vacation properties.