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The Newfoundland Railway
Transcript of The Newfoundland Railway
and Jamie The first official train of the Newfoundland Railway left the East End station in June of 1898, headed to Port-aux Basques. After almost 100 years of service, the people of Newfoundland can no longer hear the Conductor's whistle, or the sound of an engine passing by. Many people were needed for the smooth operation of the Railway. The Newfoundland Railway was one of the biggest employers besides the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador. On June 16, a start was made to build a railway from a point near the present-day Fairmont Hotel, St.Johns, and to be known as the "Harbor Grace Railway Southern Division" Robert Gillespie Reid was the man who built the Newfoundland Railway. The Reids were successful in their bid to government to build the Newfoundland railway in 1890. Eight years later, on June 29, 1898, the first train left the East End station in St. John's. Construction of the railway line led to the start-up of important industries like the pulp and paper mill in Corner Brook and Grand Falls. Important Railway centres were Clarenville, Lewisporte, Bishop's Falls and Humbermouth. Pictured here are sergeants and other soldiers waiting to begin the next stage of their journey overseas. East End Station, St.Johns Reid paid the Government $1.5 million in exchange for ownership and control of the railway, telegraph system, and drydock in St. John's for fifty years This is the Railway Coastal museum it was the old Railway station and trains would stop here to get cargo and passengers Herbert John Russell Herbert John Russell was the Manager of the Newfoundland Railway from 1923 to 1949. Russell did so much in his career with the Railway. Within 10 years of taking over, Russell fixed the railbed, rebuilt or replaced most of the old equipment, and cut the annual deficit to only $30,000. Frank Simpson Frank Simpson was the first manager placed in charge of Canadian National Railways Newfoundland operations in April 1949 William V. Whiteway Sir William V. Whiteway (Prime Minister of Newfoundland from 1878-1885, 1889-1894, and 1895-1897 ) was a supporter of railway construction. please enjoy the following essay:) Several steamships made connections with trains to exchange passengers, freight and mail. The Caribou, seen here, was used in Newfoundland's coastal service beginning in 1925.