It was a pretty blustery day, and the museum was closed, but the grounds are open so I wandered around, enjoying my
The railway museum is located alongside Riverside Drive on the Newfoundland T'Railway, the portion of the Trans-Canada Trail that is built on the roadbed of the former Newfoundland Railway. Specifically it is on Station Road in Corner Brook, here. It is well maintained by the Railway Society of Newfoundland.
|Corner Brook Railway Museum|
You can see that one of the major features of the museum is steam engine 593, a Baldwin locomotive built in Philadelphia and delivered to St. John's in 1921 at a cost of $36,870. This locomotive was originally a passenger express engine and ended its long career as a yard switcher in Port aux Basques in 1957.
|Newfoundland Railway Steam Engine 593|
- ex CN 593, Baldwin 4-6-2, built 1921
- ex CN 1598, Eastern Car box-baggage car, built 1954
- ex CN 1600, Canadian Car and Foundry express car, built 1943
- ex CN 758, Canadian Car and Foundry coach, built 1949
- ex CN 175, Canadian Car and Foundry diner, built 1943 as a coach (lettered as "DINER 10")
- Twillingate, National Steel Car sleeper built 1938
|Twillingate sleeper in Corner Brook, NL|
The plow train is a little shorter than the passenger train, but it has a nice variety of equipment.
|Plow 3460 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland|
- ex CN 3460, National Steel Car snowplow, built 1953
- ex CN 931, General Motors Diesel NF210, built 1956
- ex CN 15007, Eastern Car Company side dump car, built 1958
- ex CN 6072, National Steel Car caboose, built 1967
CN 931 was definitely my main point of interest. It could use a little paint but it's looking pretty good.
|CN 931, Corner Brook, Newfoundland|
I was impressed at how well maintained the displays are. There is no graffiti and the walkways, steps and such are all in good order. Kudos to the Society for such a great job honouring the Newfoundland railway's past.
There's a museum building on site, the Rhoady J. Hickey building. Of course it was closed so I don't know what's inside. I imagine there are a number of artefacts on display.
The "Newfie Bullet", the cross-island passenger train officially known as the Caribou by CN, was terminated in July 1969, a few years after the Trans-Canada Highway opened on the Island in 1965. The "bullet" was a bit of humour as the Caribou had a 23-hour schedule between Port aux Basques and St. John's, compared to the 12 hours a car could drive the same distance.
|Terra Transport logo|
Terra Transport operated CN's freight operations, as well as the CN Roadcruiser bus operation and CN's trucking operation.
Newfoundland's branch lines were closed in 1984 and the railway itself was shut down in late 1988 with the last freights running through September, 1988.
I found this switch stand beside a business in the town. The Newfoundlanders clearly take a lot of pride in their former railway. I wish I had seen it in operation but I had never been to Newfoundland before this visit.
I'll leave you with a few more images from the railway museum in Corner Brook.
Thanks for keeping the memory of the railway alive!
For more information:
- More blog posts about Newfoundland
- The Railway Society of Newfoundland
- History of the Newfoundland Railway
- Exploring the Newfoundland Railway - terrific series of videos