|Train station and railway display in Clarenville, NL|
Clarenville is an important hub in the area, being the largest town in the area and a service centre for the Trinity-Bonavista peninsula. During the time of the railway, it was a station stop for trains, and the Bonavista branch started at Shoal Harbour, 1.1 miles railway west of the station.
After the railway officially closed on September 29, 1988, a few work trains passed through Clarenville to gather equipment and facilitate rail removal. The last train to enter Clarenville was in October 1990 with engine 914 leading a boxcar, coach and caboose.
|NF110 #900 in Clarenville, Newfoundland|
I find it interesting that the Newfoundland locomotives all have a "skirt" along the side covering the wheels that mainland units seem to lack. I wonder why they had it?
Behind CN 900 is diner #176, built in 1958 for CN by National Steel Car. Apparently this was the last diner built in Canada for the CNR.
|Dining car CN 176, Clarenville, Newfoundland|
Engine 900 and diner 176 were transported by road from the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John's to Clarenville in the summer of 2007. At the time #900 was in CN "zebra stripes" and the diner was in a two-tone blue colour scheme.
Bringing up the rear of this short train is bright red caboose CN/TT 6061.
|Caboose CN 6061|
Two former US locomotives are preserved on a second track.
|Former US Army 7596, Newfoundland Hardwoods #31|
|Former US Navy 65-00236, Newfoundland Hardwoods #32|
There are three flatcars present, mostly ex Newfoundland Hardwoods cars.
|Flatcar at Clarenville, Newfoundland|
|A "double gear grab winch", whatever that is|
Newfoundland Hardwoods still had three locomotives in 1989, according to the Canadian Trackside Guide (CTG), even after CN ceased operation. The #30 listed in the 1989 CTG is the #32 shown above; #31 is the same, and the 1989 CTG lists a 14 tonne Plymouth locomotive #32... not sure what happened to that one.
I am glad that the museum was able to acquire the locomotives and a few flat cars. The equipment is owned by the Clarenville Heritage Society.
The station itself is owned by the Clarenville Shriners (shared with the Masons) and is a registered as a municipal heritage building. It was built in 1942 and is one of the few mainline railway stations remaining in Newfoundland.
For more information:
- History of Newfoundland Hardwoods
- Clarenville Railway History
- Railway Coastal Museum
- Corner Brook