Newfoundland used to have a narrow gauge 3 foot 6 inch gauge railroad
but in 1988 all rail service was abandoned though work trains continued
until November 1980.
map below from the 25th April 1976 Employees Operating Time Table 25
shows the Newfoundland railway system.
The headquarters of the
Newfoundland Railway were at
St. John's in an elaborate stone station with the locomotive servicing
facility and maintenance shops close-by. The station is now a museum.
The station building, platform and a group of locomotives awaiting
servicing are seen below.
For more photographs and information see our book: Newfoundland Railway
- St. John's to Holyrood September 1976, a preview of which may be seen
Newfoundland three types of
were used - G8 (which also existed in a standard gauge version) and the
NF110 & NF210 models which looked similar in shape. Freight
the mainland were retrucked
at Port aux Basque so that goods did not have to be transshipped and
standard gauge switchers were stationed there for loading and unloading
picture, taken in the late evening from the station platform in St.
shows the difference in size between the G8 and the other two types of
NF210 #937 is parked ahead of G8 #805 with NF210 #935 behind and #927
to the right.
This view shows the
rear of NF210 #937
NF210 (939 in the front) and a NF110 (903 in the rear) is clearly
evident. 903 has a
barrel type headlight with illuminated number and additional louvres on
Doug Robinson took this photo
in August 1962 of his
uncle's father with the lumber train
Humber Canal. CN 909 was the first NF210
built. The rear locomotive is 904 - an NF110. Thank you Doug for
sending the photograph.
this picture, two NF210s - 931 & 936 are seen outside the stone
maintenance shops still with the "1931 NEWFOUNDLAND RAILWAY" carved
stone legend. The station building was at right angles to this building
on the left.
two of the G8s, 803 & 804, which were built to a smaller
loading gauge that permitted them to travel on all the branch lines in
Newfoundland, are being serviced after returning with the mixed train
from Carbonear and Argentia (a two day round trip) on 21 September
1976. The station building is just visible above the
locomotives on the right.
By 1976 the
Cariboo passenger train (often known as the "Newfie Bullet")
had stopped running and only three mixed trains carried
Mixed train #207
left St. John's on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30am for Argentia. It returned
from Argentia to Whitborne as train #208. The following day as train
it travelled to Brigus Junction where it became train #211 and went
along the branch to Carbonear, returning as train #212. Finally it
became train #232 for its return to St John's where it was due to
at 15:15 on the day following its departure.
A second mixed
train was scheduled to
run daily on the main line between Deer Lake and Badger as #203 and
although I believe the coach was actually hauled between Corner Brook
and Grand Falls.
Wednesdays a third mixed
train ran from Clarenville to Bonavista and return.
On the morning of 24 September 1976, 927, an NF210
along with the NF110 was mainly used for freight haulage (and earlier
for the Cariboo) on
the main line between Port aux Basques and St.
John's, is switching St.John's yards with one of the passenger coaches
used on the mixed train - note the small loading gauge - and several
standard gauge boxcars that have been retrucked with narrow gauge
G8s 802, 804 &
803 prepare to leave the station in St John's with the mixed train to
Argentia train #207 on 20
The train is
seen leaving St. John's and passing the yards on its way
to Argentia on the first leg of its two day journey and also from the
other side of the overpass.
Argentia the train went to Whitborne and then the next day it went
to Carbonear and returned to St.John's. On 23 September 1976 train #232
is travelling along Conception Bay near Upper Gullies on it way back to
This is the rear coach which has
an observation window for the conductor. Ahead of it is a baggage car.
since 18 March 2012.
of our trip between
St.John's and Holyrood are included in our book
Railway - St. John's to Holyrood September 1976".