WILKIE, J.S. David

Two years prior to his death, David Wilkie received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Railroad Historical Association in 1996. Wilkie's first co-authored book with Robert Turner received the Canadian Railroad Historical Association's Book Award. The intense competition between the CPR, Great Northern and Kettle River Valley Railways in the southern mountains of B.C., during the copper mining boom of the late 1890s and early 1900s, is the focus for Steam Along the Boundary. Mines and smelters at Grand Forks, Greenwood, Phoenix, Castlegar, Keremeos, Hedley and Republic all arose during this lively period.


Co-author with George Hearn of:

Cordwood Limited, A History of the Victoria & Sidney Railway

Co-author with Robert D. Turner of:

The Skyline Limited (1994), winner of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association's Book Award.

Steam Along the Boundary: Canadian Pacific, Great Northern and the Great Boundary Copper Boom (Sono Nis, 2007). 978-155039-158-9 $49.95

Dave Wilkie
Publisher's Promo (2012)

Dave Wilkie's railroad photography is internationally acclaimed, from publication in many widely circulated books and magazines. A well-known authority on western railroad history, he has co-authored three books, The Cordwood Limited (with the late George Hearn), Shays on the Switchbacks (with Elwood White), and The Skyline Limited (with Robert Turner). His interests have long focussed on the Great Northern in British Columbia.


The Skyline Limited

The Kaslo & Slocan Railway
co-authored with Robert D.Turner

The Skyline Limited is a fascinating account of the dramatic story of the Kaslo & Slocan Railway -- the Great Northern's narrow gauge -- in the rugged Slocan Mountains of British Columbia's West Kootenay district during the 1890s and early 1900s. Here too is the story of the beautiful sternwheelers that connected the K&S with other Great Northern branch lines. Over 300 illustrations. Canadian Railroad Historical Association Book Award Winner.

Railway/History, 296 pp
ISBN 1-55039-040-6, cloth, $55.00

Steam Along the Boundary

Canadian Pacific, Great Northern and the Great Boundary Copper Boom
co-authored with Robert D. Turner

Steam Along the Boundary brings to life one of the most fascinating eras of British Columbia's railway and mining history: the great copper boom that seized the Boundary District in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The rival Great Northern and Canadian Pacific railways, along with the fledgling Kettle River Valley Railway, were the major players in a fierce competition for the rich ores and copper wealth from the region.

After less than 25 years the boom was over, the mines depleted and the smelters gone, but the railways remained, carrying passengers, lumber, fruit, and settlers through the rugged and beautiful mountains.

Railway/History 224 pp 11 x 9
ISBN 10 1-55039-158-5, ISBN 13 978-1-55039-158-9 hardcover $49.95
300+ b/w and 27 colour photos 3 colour maps