One static display we stopped at was the Avondale Railway Museum. This museum consists of a historic railway station building and five pieces of rolling stock, as well as a miniature train.
We visited the museum on July 8th. After navigating the construction on highway 63 near the Eastbound International Dragway, we arrived at Station Street and the museum.
The station itself was originally built as a telegraph repeater station in either 1870 or 1880. It became a railway station in 1900 and continued in that capacity until it closed in 1984 with the end of rail service on the Avondale Branch. It is the oldest surviving railway station in Newfoundland.
|The Avondale, NL railway station|
|Looking out the bay window|
|Inside the Avondale railway station|
It seems like almost every railway display in Newfoundland has a snowplow.
|CN 3465 leading the plow/passenger train|
The full-size train sits on the siding and the main line exists for about 1.5 km.
|Perhaps the longest stretch of track remaining in Newfoundland?|
Behind the snowplow is CN 925, a GMD NF210 locomotive built in 1956. The number is painted over, the windows are plated and the number boards are missing. I am hoping this indicates a refurbishment is pending.
|CN 925 at Avondale|
|Mail car #233 at Avondale|
|Coach CN #769 at Avondale|
Next to the station at the tail end of the train is Terra Transport/CN caboose #6059, built in 1962.
|CN/Terra Transport caboose 6059 in Avondale|
I like that the museum has painted each car in a different Newfoundland railway style.
It would be fun to ride the Avondale Express!
|Engine #595 at Avondale|
If you'd like to help preserve and restore Newfoundland railway items, Trevor Croft has a GoFundMe page set up to gather funds.
More Newfoundland attractions to come!
- The Cornerbrook railway museum
- Jon Archibald's railway slides
- 2007 photos of the Avondale station and displays