|CN 6069 at the Lewisporte Train Park in Newfoundland|
Lewisporte is a bustling town of about 3,300 people. It was located at the end of the 9.4 mile Lewisporte Branch, built to provide a deepwater port for the Reid-Newfoundland Company's coastal boats. It was originally called Burnt Bay but was renamed Lewisporte after Lewis Miller, who was a Scottish lumber mogul. The branch became critically important during World War 2 with the rapid expansion of the Newfoundland Airport (now called Gander) and its importance for trans-Atlantic flights. Fuel for the important Gander airport was brought to Lewisporte by ship and travelled twice daily by "oil train" to the airport.
The branch connected to mile 244 of the main line at Notre Dame Junction.
Here's a photo by James F. Primm II showing CN 931 working the CN Marine warehouse on the docks at Lewisporte.
Lewisporte still hosts ferries to Labrador.
The train park is located right beside highway 340 and is very easy to find. There is a parking lot next to the train and a nice walking trail behind the display. The train station still exists in the town proper, but we did not visit it.
|Snowplow CN 3462 in Lewisporte, NL|
CN 902The locomotive CN 902 demonstrates this lack of stenciling.
|NF110 locomotive CN 902 in Lewisporte|
Unlike most of Newfoundland's branch lines, the Lewisporte Branch could operate the heavier NF110 and NF210 units (~100 tonne), because it had a minimum of 70 pound rails. Most branches could only support the lighter G8 (66 tonne) locomotives.
I liked how the garbage cans were railway themed!
|Put your trash in the choo-choo bins|
Coach CN 764The sole passenger car is next.
|CN 764 in Lewisporte|
Note that there would not be a passenger car on a plow train, as this is strictly against the rules. I understand it was commonly done during the Newfoundland Railway days but banned after Canadian National Railways took over the island's railway.
Caboose CN 6069 was built in January 1967 by National Steel Car.
The plow apparently makes a nice play structure!
|Climbing the snowplow|
The bold Terra Transport logo was evident on the passenger car.
- Clarenville station and display
- Whitbourne station and display
- Railway Coastal Museum, St. John's
- Avondale Museum
- Corner Brook Railway Museum