Steel Rails & Silver Dreams
A History of the Dolly Varden Mine and the Dolly Varden Mines Railway
By Darryl E. Muralt.
Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5x11", 183 pages with index, drawings, b/w photos throughout. 1985; 2nd printing 2007.
"This is the story of the Dolly Varden Mine and the Dolly Varden Mines Railway, 18 miles of improbable narrow gauge iron reaching north from the little community of Alice Arm to this rich silver property, now a legend in the annals of mining in British Columbia.
"In the years between 1916 and 1922, the Dolly Varden Mine was both the brightest hope and the greatest disappointment of the mining industry of Northwest Canada. Here's the details: the physical and economic struggles that eventually led to its demise; the rugged territory, the pitched battle between between the mine owners and the railway construction company, Taylor Engineering Co.; the ensuing financial embarrassments; the logging operations that used the railway after the silver mine failed.
"Packed with black and white photos, detailed information and diagrams of the varied locomotives (including the Climax) and rolling stock, and maps (including end paper maps of the entire region)."