|The St. John's, Newfoundland railway station|
The station itself was completed in 1903. The large station building hosts the museum as well as the provincial archives. The tracks were on the back side of the station, which now has a passenger car split lengthwise into two as part of a display in the museum.
Here's what the passenger cars look like on the inside.
|Interior view of cars in the Railway Coastal Museum|
There are other displays including artefacts from the railway and coastal boats, including some models of ferries, so important to Newfoundland.
There is a model train layout, which appears to be a 3-rail O gauge layout. It was not in service when I was there. It seems a little out of place, as it looked quite rough compared to the professional look of the rest of the museum.
A well stocked gift shop features numerous books, toys and other items such as jewelry. I purchased the excellent Rails Around the Rock book by Ken Pieroway and a few other items.
Exterior DisplayOutside the museum is a two car display headed by CN 906.
|Speeder and railway cars in St. John's, Newfoundland|
Behind 906 is CN 1805, a mail car/Railway Post Office (RPO) car built in 1952 by Canadian Car and Foundry. It was on display in Bowring Park until 2006, when it was moved to this location.
On the rear is CN 568, used by the city as a Visitor Information Centre for fourteen years from 1989 to 2003. This car was built for the Newfoundland Railway in 1949, and worked in service for the first years of CN on Newfoundland until it became a work car in the late 1970s.
|CN 568 and 1805 behind CN 906 in St. John's, Newfoundland|
More to come from Newfoundland...