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Sources of Information on the Dolly Varden  


Reference Book:

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Dolly Varden Mine Railway and associated mine should read the book “Steel Rails and Silver Dreams” by Darryl Muralt, recently re-released by Benchmark Publications.  This book goes into great detail on the discovery, development, operation, and demise of the railway.  The book also contains many photographs, maps and plans. 


To purchase the book:





Vancouver Public Library has many photos available on their website (www.vpl.ca) 

Their collection contains a set of 60 high quality 8x10 glass negatives of the Dolly Varden  

Preview of the photos click here

Search at http://www3.vpl.ca/spe/histphotos/

Ordering Pictures:  http://www.vpl.ca/find/generic/how_to_order_prints_of_historical_photographs

Use spreadsheet below to find photo numbers and descriptions:

VPL Photos in PDF Format

VPL Photos in Excel Format


Transcript of the trial between Taylor Engineering and the Dolly Varden Mine Railroad



University of British Columbia Library,  Rare Books and Special Collections,  


A.J.T. Taylor Collection. 

This contains blueprints of the railway survey, structural blueprints of the ore bunker. 

Preview of  the collection click here


TN439.D65 D644 1918 

 TITLE(S):*The Dolly Varden Railway, 1918 

DESCRIPTION: 12 leaves : all ill., map, ports. ; 30 cm. 


Picture book from 1918 on the Dolly Varden RR 

Preview of  the collection click here



British Columbia Archives,  

Website: http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/bcarchives/

Preview photos click here

Various photos and documents on the Alice Arm area as well as documentation on the railway

Documentation includes reports on the railway by the BC Railway inspectors and research by Britannia Mining on the Dolly Varden Railway

Wish I had more time to dig into this source!!


British Columbia Ministry of Mines

1919 report on mines.  Pg52 writes about the Dolly Varden including rolling stock and mining facilities


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Magazine Articles: 

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette 

September – October 1986 

May – August 1990 Alexander Zelkin Sn3 Degulbeef and Cradding 

November – December 1991 pg.23 Dick Patterson Dolly Varden RR 

March – April 1999 pg. 24 Daniel Houel /Alexander Zelkin  

Ragger Creek Lumber Company  

July – August 2006  pg. 42 Alexander Zelkin Sn3 Degulbeef and Cradding 


Narrow Gauge Down Under 

April 2009 DVMR History 

July 2009 DVMR Construction 


Model Railroader 

March 1997 pg 116 Dick Patterson 



North Pacific Seaplanes Website 



City Of Vancouver Archives 

Wings Over Canada Series 

Episode #212 Ghost Towns of Alice Arm and Kitsault 


Dolly Varden Mines Railway 


Web Forums: 

Freerails.com 2009 Thread 

Railroad-line.com 2009 Dolly Varden Thread 


Web Sites: 

http:/www.Dollyvardensilver.com Present owners of the property 

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