Kimberley Underground Mining Railway


Useful Information

Location: Kimberley, BC
Open: 21-MAY to JUN Sat, Sun 11, 13, 15.
JUL to Labour Day daily 11, 13, 15.
Express Train Ride Sundays at 10.
[2011]
Fee: Adults CAD 20, Children (13-18) CAD 15, Children (4-12) CAD 8, Children (0-3) free.
Groups (20+): Adults CAD 15, Regional Students CAD 7.
[2011]
Classification:  Museum
Light: electric.
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Address: Sullivan Mine and Railway Historical Society, 115 Gerry Sorensen Way, PO Box 94, Kimberley, BC V1A 2Y5, Tel: +1-250-427-0022. E-mail: contact
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:52:21 $

History

 
1978train built as a commuter train from downtown Kimberley to the ski hill.
JUL-1984Bavarian City Mining Railway opened to the public with 2.5km of tracks.
1995extension to the Downtown Station completed.
2004extension to the Kimberley Alpine Resort completed.
2005construction of tunnel for mining museum started.
2007mining museum opened to the public.

Geology


Description

The Kimberley Underground Mining Railway is a rather weird tourist attraction, it is a train ride in a kitschy red train which is neither a mine train nor a normal historic train. However, it ends at the Sullivan Mine where an underground tour into the mine follows. What they call the Underground Interpretive Centre is obviously a classical show mine with displays and the demonstartion of machinery. The mine visit is completed by the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse where the generators and compressors of the mine can be seen.

This is a tourist attraction in the classical way, which means there was tourism and then the attraction was built to satisfy the demand. The train is mainly for show, only a few parts have to do with mining. Even the mine is artificial, which sounds weird as any mine is artificial. However, the 250m long tunnel, where the show mine is located in, was created for the only purpose to install the museum. There was never any mining activity in this tunnel.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, its just important to remember, that this is not a mine tour, its a mining museum with a mine replica. The original Sulivan at least existed. Miners from this former mine created the tunnel and the mine entrance can be seen on the train ride. The surface structure are from the original mine.


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