Newfoundland and Labrador Trains

Avondale, Newfoundland train display
Avondale, Newfoundland train display

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador does have trains, in Labrador at least.

Newfoundland Trains

The island of Newfoundland hosted the Newfoundland Railway, and later CN and finally Terra Transport, until the railway’s closure in late 1988.

The railway was built to the 42″ gauge (narrow gauge) and was never changed to standard gauge. A portion of the yard in Port-aux-Basques was standard gauge, used to receive standard gauge freight cars from the mainland for transloading. CN briefly tried exchanging trucks on freight cars to have them continue on Newfoundland rails, but this was not considered a success, due to the time and effort involved.

The Diesel Era

In the diesel era, CN operated four types of locomotives on the Island.

GE 47 Ton Locomotives

Three GE 47 ton locomotives were briefly operated by CN on Newfoundland – numbers 775 to 777. They were sold in 1968.

G8 Locomotives

Six of these unique GMD locomotives were built for Newfoundland operation in 1956, CN 800-805. These diminutive engines had only 875 HP “under the hood” and were intended for light branch line service.

CN also had five standard gauge locomotives (CN 850-854) that saw operation on prairie branch lines.

NF-110 Locomotives

CN 900-908 retired in 1986.

NF-210 Locomotives

CN had a total of 38 GMD NF-210 locomotives, numbered from CN 909 to 946, built between 1956 and 1960.

Newfoundland Train Museums

There are several train displays in Newfoundland:

Newfoundland Train Books

TitleAuthorNotes
Trackside NewfoundlandBill LinleyBook
CN Lines Vol. 17 Issue 63Doug LefflerArticle "In Search of the Caribou"
Rails Across The RockKenneth G Pieroway"Then and Now" of Newfoundland Railway
Rails Around The RockKenneth G Pieroway"Then and Now" of Newfoundland branch lines

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