This is one of the last remaining rail cars of what was once a glorious and magnificent reign on the island of Newfoundland. Truly the end of an era.
The Railway was a critical part of Newfoundland’s history from 1882 until 1988. It enabled Newfoundlanders to travel far and wide. It brought freight of all kinds, but most of all it proved that Newfoundland had truly entered an age of prosperity. The railway was originally called the “people’s road” and was meant to last forever.
Unfortunately, the high cost of maintaining the service and the slowness of the trains (22 hours from St. John’s to Port aux Basques – 12 hours by car) ultimately forced the shutdown of the rail service in 1988. It was replaced by a modern and efficient Bus Service, but for those of us that grew up “riding the rails”, there will always be a special place for the trains.
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