The Newfoundland Railway
1882 to 1988

The Newfoundland railway operated for just over a century. From 1882 the trains ran over completed portions of 
a projected trans-insular line. Passenger service started across the island in June 1898 and ran until July 1969 when all passenger service was replaced with buses. Freight trains continued to run until 1988. The railbed has since been designated a "T'railway" and a linear provincial park.
Newfoundland became the 10th province of Canada on March 31, 1949, and the Newfoundland Railway's assets were transferred to the control of the Canadian National Railway (CNR). CN made major capital improvements to the former Newfoundland Railway with many upgrades to the main line, bridges, and rolling stock. All steam locomotives were replaced with diesel units
The NFLD Railway was a narrow (3'6") gauge line for reasons of economy and was the longest such line in North America, and was regarded with particular affection by railway buffs (its gently nickname, "the Newfie Bullet".  The main line was 548 miles, from St. John's to Port aux Basques. Numerous branch lines made the operating trackage in the peak years (1915-31) 906 miles. Today there is a very little signs that there was a railway in Newfoundland.
For more information on the Newfoundland Railway goto these sites.
The Newfoundland Railway on Wikipedia
Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage/Railway



I don't have a lot of pictures of this railway and again I ask any of my visitors that have any pictures of the Newfoundland Railway that wish to share them with other rail fans to
please email the to me at

As you see most of these pictures were contributed by Jim Parker and I think him for that.


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The Newfie Bullet #593, 4-6-2 at the Humbermouth 
display in Corner Brook Newfoundland.
The engine was ordered by the Newfoundland Railway in September 1920 from the Baldwin Company of Philadelphia, USA, and was delivered to St John's, Newfoundland, in 1921. It was used regularly by the Newfoundland Railway as a passenger hauler until 1939 when it was put into yard switching service in Port aux Basques until 1957 when it was retired.
This picture was taken and submitted by Paula Brake
CN (NFLD Railway) Narrow gauge snow plow #3460 
at the Humbermouth display in Corner Brook Newfoundland.
This picture was taken and submitted by Paula Brake
CNR (Terra Transport) St. John's NFLD Station
Mid 1950's
Jim Parker Collection
CNR (TERRA) St. John's NFLD Yard
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
CNR (Terra) EMD NF210 #926 at St. John's NFLD
Jim Parker Collection
CNR (Terra) EMD NF210 #917 at St. John's NFLD
Jim Parker Collection
CNR (Terra) Pass. Coach at St. John's NFLD
Jim Parker Collection
CNR (Terra) Observation Passenger car at St.. John's NFLD
Jim Parker Collection
CNR (Terra) Caboose at St. John's NFLD
Jim Parker Collection
An access narrow gauge caboose
Jim Parker Collection

This building has been reconstructed by 
the Harbour Grace Railway Museum.

The building of the railway line in Newfoundland caused debate, controversy and heartache. The first mile was built in 1881. But, for some years before that, the idea had been discussed and as usual, opinion was divided. There were several points of view. Some were less than happy over the prospect that a railway would lay financial burdens on the already overburdened shoulders of the mercantile class. Others saw it as an inestimable benefit to Newfoundland. By far, the most supportive group were made up of professional men like the Scottish geologist Alex Murray and Clergymen/Writer, Irishman Rev.M. Harvey. They saw in a railway the key to unshackle the chains which, for centuries, had bound Newfoundland to dependence on an uncertain, and Impoverishing industry, the salt cod fishery.

The Harbour Grace Railway Station
For more information on this building and 
more on the Newfoundland Railway look at 
these web sites:

The Town of Harbour Grace

These pictures were used with the permission of 
Darrell Steele His facebook page has a lot of information on the Newfoundland Railway
Exploring the Newfoundland Railway

The Harbour Grace Railway Station
The Harbour Grace Railway Station
The Harbour Grace Railway Station
The Harbour Grace Railway Station
The Harbour Grace Railway Station


Links to other Canadian Railway Pages in this series

CN Locomotives
CP Locomotives
VIA Rail Locomotives
Canadian Railiners/Dayliners
Others Locomotives
Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Passenger Cars
Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Freight Cars
Canadian Old Logging Equipment
and Steam and Diesel Locomotives
Railway Maintenance Equipment

The Scrap Yard
Canadian Railway Tunnels
with a detailed look at the
CPR Spiral Tunnels
The Halifax & South-Western Museum
 Electric Locomotives and Street Cars

Canadian Train Stations
The Grain Elevators
of Western Canada
The SCRR Garden Railway
Canadian Cabooses
Canadian Railway Artifacts
Train Bridges and Trestles

Two site worth looking at.

The Memory Lane Railway Museum in Middleton, Nova Scotia.
The only exclusive Dominion Atlantic Railway museum in the world

Welcome to the DAR DPI
A web community initiative intent on digitally preserving
the history of the Dominion Atlantic Railway

The Steam Locomotives of the CPR
The Steam Engines of the CNR
Railway Maintenance Equipment
And Old Railway Rolling Stock
Train Bridges and Trestles
Canadian Railway Tunnels
The Grain Elevators of Western Canada
Canadian National Railways Motive Power Statistics Index
Jerry Barnes' Garden Railway, The SCRR
The Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society
The Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society
Historic Aircraft Pictures
Visit John's Old Car and Truck Pictures
The Yard Limit's page on the
Windsor & Hantsport Railway (WHRC)
CN Pensioners' Association
The Stanley Steamer

For all you steam fans, this page is a must

Visit Lonnie Hedgepeth's 
of Rocky Mount, North Carolina site.
He has used the plans provided on Covered Bridge Plans  web page and is 
building a Covered Bridge for his Live Steam train.
Many new pictures have been added including pictures of his Live Steam Engine
The building trades class at Darlington HS in Darlington, Wisconsin built this covered bridge for a local business man
 Tour the 64 remaining Covered Bridges
 of New Brunswick
The Covered Bridges that once
dotted Nova Scotia.
Lilies From the Valley
A Vast selection of Oriental and Asiatic previously cut commercially grown bulbs ready for shipment anywhere in Canada
Visit my Jeep page
A Picture Review of the Jeeps
from 1940 to the present
A Picture Review of the 
Nash, Hudson
and the cars of American Motors
A Picture Review of the Hudson's and Terraplanes
that were found in Australia
A Picture Review Studebaker
A Picture review of the Packard
A Picture Review of the
Pickup Truck from 1940 to 1969
A Picture review of the Volkswagen
A Picture Tour of the Kaiser Frazer
A Picture Tour of the
A Picture Tour of the Henry J
A Picture Tour of the Crosley
A Picture Review of the Chevrolet
from 1916 to 1970
A Picture Review of the Ford
from 1908 to 1969
The Chrysler Airflow
View some of John Evan's  Artwork
View some of
John' Evan's Artwork
This site has quite a collections
of John's artwork.
View these old cars as you haven't before.
Eric Gordon's Kaiser Rebuild
There are many pictures showing the
details of this Rebuild
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