Now that you have ridden the railway, you should read McCulloch's Wonder by Barrie Sanford. It is the story of the KVR, and also an eye opener to the politics involved in the building of B.C. and Canada. It should be mandatory reading for British Columbians. While riding it last year, I was lucky enough to run inot a character that told me about the book. I was not disappointed.
Good ride report and thanks for sharing.
(I lost my glasses in the Coalmont hotel after a couple of pints and spent the rest of my trip squinting at everything.)