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The Bullet

Stories from the Newfoundland Railway

The Bullet

Flanker Press


19.95 CAD

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Compiled from interviews with workers now retired from Canadian National Railway, The Bullet is a collection of stories about the men and women who worked for the legendary pre-Confederation Newfoundland Railway, which later became the Canadian National Railway when Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949. The dedication and friendliness of the railwaymen are shown in abundance throughout this book, and it is evident that their service to the people of Newfoundland who “rode the rails” was second to none.

Travel with Robert Hunt on a behind-the-scenes tour as he explores the once proud, never forgotten history of the CN Railway. You will hear the heartwarming tales of families travelling between St. John's and Port aux Basques, funny and sometimes absurd anecdotes about the many colourful people railway employees encountered, and tragedies that have occurred on the rails over the years. And meet Tommy Ricketts, hero of the First World War, who later in life operated a drugstore across the street from the CN terminal on Water Street, and whom Robert befriended while he worked aboard the trains. With a foreword by Wayne Greenland, president of the CN Pensioners Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Robert Hunt is a master storyteller of his life experiences growing up in St. John’s, and he continues this tradition with The Bullet. His reflections of the many memorable people he encountered while working as a steward on our 1960s trans-island passenger train will leave an indelible mark as he takes you along the journey with him. From the unknown to some very well-known citizens of our province, Robert shares his insight of his father’s influence on him as he grew into the man he is today. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, and you will, too!-- Kenneth G. Pieroway --
The Bullet ~ Stories From The Newfoundland Railway by Robert Hunt will transport you back in time with heartwarming stories of hard work, survival, and kindness. This piece of Canadiana is a must read for all Newfoundlanders and lovers of Canadian history.-- Fireside Collections --

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About Flanker Press
Turning pages since 1994

Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.

The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.

Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.

Flanker Press Ltd.
PO Box 2522, Station C
St. John's, NL A1C 6K1

TF: 1.866.739.4420

Tel: 709.739.4477

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for our publishing activities.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.