This book celebrates the unsung heroes who built the stretch of the KVR from Myra Canyon to Penticton – through mountains, up impossible grades and along trestles across deep canyons. These men, also called navvies or blanketstiffs, toiled with pick and shovel, sledge and scoop. They engaged in the tough work of levelling grades, blasting and filling holes, digging foundations and pounding spikes. Here, Williams tells their story. He tells us where they came from and provides new details on life in the construction camps as well as highlights of their workday. He writes of those who cared about the navvies, revealing the life of those who truly built the Kettle Valley Railway.