When Doug Mayer moved to Revelstoke in 1988, he quickly became involved in the Revelstoke Model Railway Club. Mayer’s interest in the model trains was nothing new, his curiosity was piqued when he was five years old and received his first model train set for Christmas.
Mayer helped build the extensive model train set that resides in the Revelstoke Railway Museum, based on a section of railway, Revelstoke to Connaught Tunnel, from 1952. “I was researching what was on the route in that time period,” says Mayer. Since that initial research, Mayer has spent years reading and researching the Revelstoke Division of Canadian Pacific Railways. Eventually, Mayer decided to write a book about it.
“If you asked an old school teacher of mine if they thought I would be able to write a book, I think they would say no,” Mayer laughs. Yet, during his career as a BC Hydro Safety Inspector, Mayer became comfortable and capable at writing and giving presentations.
The end result is Canadian Pacific Railways on the Revelstoke Division, a non fiction history covering the Revelstoke division, which reaches from Field to Kamloops. The book was published by the Revelstoke Railway Museum. Mayer wrote the book as a volunteer, and all proceeds from sales go back into the museum. He is currently hard at work on the second volume.
The Revelstoke Railway Museum will be hosting Mayer today, November 7, at 6pm as he presents his book. The event is free and coffee and cookies are provided. Mayer’s talk will take place in the museum’s theatre at 6:15pm.