A Tour of CN's Narrow-Gauge 'Caribou'

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A Tour of CN's Narrow-Gauge 'Caribou'
Posted by ghCBNS on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:34 AM

A Tour of CN's Narrow-Gauge 'Caribou'

Here's my tour last weekend of CN's Caribou....a.k.a 'The Newfie Bullet' Narrow Gauge Equipment at the Railway Society of Newfoundland on a short section of remaining narrow-gauge track at Mile 404 in Corner Brook.

This was North America's last full-service narrow-gauge passenger train with Coaches, Sleepers and Diner that made it's last run in 1969 Some coaches were still in service for another 20 years on Mixed Trains until the railway was abandoned 1n 1988.

But there's been a bit of a play on paint schemes here! Old #593 would never have hauled equipment painted in CN's 1960's era black-white scheme.....and the cars would have had the red 'CN' logo.....not that green-gold 'NFLD Railway' tilted logo that disappeared after 1949 when Newfoundland joined Canada and CN assumed control of the railway.

 

 

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Posted by ghCBNS on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:36 AM
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Posted by ghCBNS on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:54 AM
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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:04 AM

You may have missed my posting of my posting of pictures taken prior to the end of passenger service when I made the round trip in an upper berth on a Chicago Railroad Club excursion that included the International and the Ocean and the overnigiht ship crossing both ways.

Rather than reposting, I'll try to update the old thread. 

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Posted by ghCBNS on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:19 AM

daveklepper

You may have missed my posting of my posting of pictures taken prior to the end of passenger service when I made the round trip in an upper berth on a Chicago Railroad Club excursion that included the International and the Ocean and the overnigiht ship crossing both ways.

Rather than reposting, I'll try to update the old thread. 

 

Can you provide a link to that post? Thanks!

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:37 AM

I revived the post, and it is now available, current, no need to search, just visit the  Trains General Forum.

But all the pictures are marked "This picture unavailable."

I am unsure if this is or is not due to local website limitations.

If you wish me to post the photos again, this time on this thread, I will do so.

Here is a sample:

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:50 AM

Thanks for those great shots ghCBNS!  I've been to Newfoundland twice but never made it to Corner Brook.

In Saint John's Bowring Park there's a display of Newfoundland Railway equipment, but not as elaborate as the Corner Brook displays.  There's a passenger coach displayed with the Nefoundland Railway herald and if I remember correctly the coach is painted a color very similar to the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Tuscan Red," definately not in that CN black and white scheme.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:56 AM

Let me know if you (plural) can view the photos on Trains General Discussin Thread.  I can pst the pictures on that old thread or here as you prefer. 

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Posted by ghCBNS on Monday, August 31, 2020 10:21 AM

daveklepper

Let me know if you (plural) can view the photos on Trains General Discussin Thread.  I can pst the pictures on that old thread or here as you prefer. 

No.....I can't see the photos there so if you can post a couple.....that would be great! Thanks.

I live about 2 hrs from the Newfoundland Ferry and have been on the Island often. Back in the '80s I did get to ride a couple of the Mixed Trains before the railway was abandoned in 1988.

 

In recent times a buddy and I have taken our ATVs on portions of the old right-of-way.

 

 

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Posted by ghCBNS on Monday, August 31, 2020 10:58 AM

Here's my ride over to Newfoundland the other evening. Marine Atlantic's MV Highlanders. 

Marine Atlantic is the Crown Corporation that now operates the former CN Ferry Service.

 

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Posted by pennytrains on Monday, August 31, 2020 7:14 PM

Beautiful photos!  Thanks for sharing them with us!  Big SmileThumbs Up

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 31, 2020 10:32 PM

A few from the early Spring 1968 Chicago Railroad Club visit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, August 31, 2020 10:45 PM

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Where was this photo taken?  It seems to show a mineral aerial bucket line crossing over the track.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:12 AM

I'm quite certain you are correct.  But someone else will have to provide the name of the location.

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Posted by ghCBNS on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 4:54 AM

daveklepper

I'm quite certain you are correct.  But someone else will have to provide the name of the location.

That is St. Georges...near Stephenville Crossing along the west coast. They still load Gypsum there but it's hauled to the dock by truck now.

 

And thanks for posting your photos!!

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 6:49 AM

Question:  When they used rail, did they load into cars that changed trucks and were carfloated to North Sydney, or was the Gypsum simply transferred from railcars to ships?

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Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:07 PM

Looking at topo maps, it appears the tram line went directly from the mine to the ship load (in the distance in the photo).  There was no rail service to the mine indicated on the map.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:37 PM

Thanks.  I am very lucky that I took that "grab picture." and without any planning or time to check shutter speed, lens opening, and focus, that it came out so well, without any real electronic darkroom manipulation.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, September 4, 2020 4:55 AM

One more photo:

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Posted by ghCBNS on Friday, September 4, 2020 6:48 AM

Thanks again for the photos!

That looks like the Mt. Moriah/Curling area where the railway runs down along the Humber Fjord into Corner Brook. (just west of the 'Bullet' equipment display)

 

https://goo.gl/maps/UvWeGLneNji3RDyUA

 

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