Meet the Kettle Valley Brakemen

The Kettle Valley Brakemen bring railway history to life with true stories and original songs about British Columbia's dramatic steam train era with special emphasis on the spectacular Kettle Valley Railway. The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) was once part of the Canadian Pacific Railway and is now one of the most scenic sections of the Trans Canada Trail. In concert, The Brakemen present a blend of unique songs and dramatic or humorous stories as they unfold British Columbia's colourful railway heritage. Hear about the jail break of wily Bill Miner-the 'Grey Fox', deadly train wrecks, railway brawls and even raining rattlesnakes. It's all true!

"Jack's stories are well researched, REALLY well researched." 
Doug Cox,
British Columbia historian

Train Thang!

Kettle Valley Brakemen

A wild harmonica ride featuring Brakemen  Jamie Marshall (harp) and Jack Godwin (guitar)

The Kettle Valley Railway, engineering marvel of Andrew McCulloch stretched through southern British Columbia, Canada from Midway through the trestles and tunnels of rugged Myra Canyon.

Winding down the mountains, its trains rolled along the hills above Naramata in the Okanagan Valley and on to Penticton before climbing again, through Summerland across the Trout Creek trestle and on to Princeton, Coalmont, Coquihalla, and down into Hope.






Kettle Valley Brakemen share rail safety message through song

Headed by Jack Godwin, the band plays “toe tappin’ folk bluegrass” music that tells the tales of Western Canada’s steam rail history. Much of the band’s songs focus on historical aspects of railway life, including the experiences of engineers and trainmen.

Hear the Railway Crossing song HERE

Get the PDF of Railway Crossing HERE

Check out sound clips from our CDs, read the stories that go along and discover how easy it is for cyclists riding the Kettle Valley Trail to book an intimate concert by The Brakemen.

"Every concert is a rollicking history lesson."
-- Okanagan Life Magazine

"The fascinating stories and original songs of The Brakemen are a great way to discover B.C.'s heritage."
-- Dr. Maurice Willliams  professor emeritus of History at UBCO.  Author of "Myra's Men: Building The Kettle Valley Railway"

"Quite simply, The Kettle Valley Brakemen make learning history FUN!"
-- Dennis Oomen Curator of Penticton Museum and Archive

Jack Godwin
songwriter, lead singer
Kettle Valley Brakemen



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