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Trains of Newfoundland - Softcover

Trains of Newfoundland - Softcover

Flanker Press


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For well over a century, the narrow-gauge Newfoundland railway played a vital role in the growth and development of the tiny island in the North Atlantic. From the commencement of construction in 1881 to the shutdown in 1988, it was a most colourful line, to say the least. It took over 547 miles to cross a 300-mile-wide island, which had curves sharper and grades steeper than the Rocky Mountains. There were only 131 miles of straight track, a bridge for every four miles, and a human wind-gauge to safely let trains pass. In Newfoundland, the railway wasn’t simply a means of transportation—it was a way of life.

Take an all-colour photographic journey from the capital city of St. John’s to the ferry connection at Port aux Basques on the longest narrow-gauge railway in North America. Along the way you will ride in both steam- and diesel-hauled Caribou passenger trains, follow boxy G-8 locomotives skirting the shoreline as they lead little mixed trains to the branch lines, and see lengthy multiple diesel freights with boxcars and containers crossing the infamous Gaff Topsails. Watch as the trains navigate the rugged interior and pass through Newfoundland communities with some of the most interesting place names—such as Come by Chance, Gambo, and Goobies—and witness the incredible beauty that this province has to offer.

These photographs, dating as far back as 1951 and on through to 1988, were taken by some of North America’s most renowned railway photographers, such as James A. Brown, John Freyseng, Bill Linley, Phil Mason, Robert J. Sandusky, Stan J. Smaill, and Rich Taylor. Their work clearly illustrates the colourful rolling stock and engine paint schemes against the pristine scenery one encounters along the way. This trip back in time is sure to delight both those who remember when the railway was king as well as those discovering it for the first time.

"Ken Pieroway's collection of colour images of the Canadian National and Newfoundland Railway is unsurpassed. His dedication to preserving these images is a labour of love and a means to keep the fabled railway alive and well in the hearts of people everywhere who love and miss the Newfoundland Railway." — Mike Shufelt, Rail Photographer

I want to commend Ken for the approach that he took in recognizing the extraordinary efforts that so many people whose photos he used made to get to Newfoundland where they discovered the wonderful trains which ran there. I found Ken's approach quite novel in the context of so many Railway books where there is a lot of sterility in the text. On the other hand, Ken's method was so much like a natural Newfoundland style of hospitality and friendship. Although Ken did not dwell in great detail on the individuals it set a friendly tone which carried through the whole book. Should I have another opportunity to do a collection of photographs, it’s a style I’ll certainly seriously consider. I am sure that Ken's book is going to attract rave reviews and as it is such a delight and brings back so many of our fond memories of Newfoundland over the decades.-- Bill Linley, Railway Historian/Photographer --

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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.

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