Newfoundland railway

New railcar-capable ferries were introduced; mainland standard-gauge railcars were ferried to Newfoundland, where their standard-gauge bogies were replaced with narrow-gauge bogies in Port aux Basques. The Newfoundland railway became history.

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The park closed down and was abandoned in due to lack of interest. Construction was managed by the government, and had been carried forward to Rantem in when it was decided by Sir William Whiteway, who had returned to the premiership to have the line completed by a contractor.

He won the election overwhelmingly, and immediately began negotiations with the Reids. It would remain the property of the dominion government until Confederation on April 1, when it was transferred to the federal government's Canadian National Railway.

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Daily service, six days a week, from St. He was an MHA for 23 years, and served as the province's lieutenant-governor from to And in its bearing on the promotion of the well-being of the people, in which the returns are alone sought and will be found, [a railway] eminently commends itself to our judgment. Robert Bond, Whiteway's successor as Liberal leader, led the campaign to rewrite it. Some of the major works included: a line to Bonavista extend the Harbour Grace line through Carbonear to Bay de Verde several smaller branches, some of which were graded but rails were never installed Nationalization[ edit ] Newfoundland Railway Station, St. In honour of the lost passengers and crew, the Newfoundland Railway Employees Association had the entire workforce forego a day's wages as a donation to a public campaign to build a memorial near the Port aux Basques railway terminal. The trans-island railway project needed to be revived. John's now hosts the Railway Coastal Museum. The Reid company purchased eight new steamships to operate as coastal ferries around the island and into Labrador.

CN made major capital improvements, upgrading the main line, bridges, and rolling stock, and replacing steam locomotives with diesel units. The Reid company purchased eight new steamships to operate as coastal ferries around the island and into Labrador.

There was considerable opposition to the railway, and in the summer of several hundred inhabitants of the south shore of Conception bay, persuaded by agitators that their possessions were being taken away from them, armed themselves, and in a riot which has become known as the "battle of Foxtrap", put a temporary stop to construction of the line.

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The trans-island railway project needed to be revived. The first cross-country train from St.

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The railway was to be owned by the Company after the construction was completed, but the government held the right to purchase the line after 35 years. The railway was always a disaster financially. By another contract, the "Reid deal" concluded by the ministry of Sir James Winter in , the Reid Newfoundland Company was given further grants of land and gained control not only of the railway but also of the St. The last train, prior to work trains removing rails, arrived from Port Aux Basques and departed Corner Brook eastbound on September 30 and arrived at Bishops Falls on the morning of October 1, Wartime[ edit ] Although the railway saw an increase in traffic during the First World War , it was extensive military-related construction in the late s and early s which proved the worth of the Newfoundland Railway as a strategic asset. On 29 June the first passenger train arrived at Port aux Basques and the Bruce set sail with passengers for North Sydney. The Newfoundland Railway Company fell into bankruptcy a short time later, however, and construction on the line west from Conception Bay was halted. Newfoundland Railway map In , a committee of the Newfoundland Legislature recommended that a narrow-gauge railway be built from the colonial capital in St. In , Canada deregulated its railway industry, allowing abandonments to proceed with less red tape. John's to Port aux Basques along the South Coast. There was some talk in subsequent years that the Great American and European Short Line would build a railway along the surveyed route to accommodate the transportation of passengers from New York to the British Isles. This survey was done by Sandford Fleming, a Canadian engineer. Sir William V. In , the Reids partnered with a St. The 's saw several of the branch lines abandoned.

In and into the s, the colonial government contracted for additional branch lines to be built. As an alternative to a trans-island route, Prime Minister Whiteway proposed in that the Colony build a narrow-gauge 3'6" line from St.

By another contract, the "Reid deal" concluded by the ministry of Sir James Winter inthe Reid Newfoundland Company was given further grants of land and gained control not only of the railway but also of the St. Under an agreement signed inMr.

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