The Newfoundland Railway

The Newfoundland Railway, a historic railway system in Newfoundland, Canada, ceased operations in 1988. The railway played a crucial role in the economic and social development of Newfoundland during the early to mid-20th century. However, due to financial challenges and the emergence of alternative transportation methods, the decision was made to close the railway.

The Caribou as it was known was referred by those of us who rode and saw the train called it The Newfie Bullet. You can read more about the history of the train by following this link.

The closure marked the end of an era for rail transportation on the island. The last train ran on September 30, 1988, and the tracks were subsequently removed. The railway’s closure had a significant impact on the communities that were connected by the rail line, as it was not only a means of transportation but also an essential part of the local economy and culture.

While the Newfoundland Railway no longer exists, remnants of its history, such as old railway beds and some infrastructure, can still be found in various parts of Newfoundland. Additionally, the former rail line has been repurposed into recreational trails in certain areas, providing a different way for people to explore the landscape.

This is a section of the trailway in Long Pond. The train would stop here and drop cars on the siding, filled with cattle from PEI. I recall helping the Metcalfes move the cattle by truck or drive them down the road to their slaughter house and auction site. It was about three miles from the siding.

Trailway in Seal Cove. Part of railway line

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