History of the Newfoundland Railway Volume 1 by A R Penney Soft Cover 1988
A History of the Newfoundland Railway Volume 1 by A R Penney Soft Cover 1988 104 Pages
Except for a few dimly remembered rides on the coach to Bowring Park, I never rode on the train at all until I was in my twenties and went to work for the Newfoundland Railway. It was then that I met Alf Penney, who checked out my ability to read a vernier scale and pronounced me fit for railway employment. That was the beginning of a friendship that has endured to this day.
Alf Penney has indeed had a long association with the Newfoundland Railway. His father worked on the location surveys for the branch lines in the early 1900s and Alf himself knew, and later worked with, many of the men whose names figure prominently in this history. He was involved over many years in the operation and maintenance of the railway, travelling up and down the line by train and track car. Alf was known by all who worked on the railroad and by all those people living along the line whose daily lives were touched in so many ways by railway operations.
When he retired from the railway in 1967 Alf began researching this history, to ensure that the story of the railway would eventually be told. This book (and the second volume to follow) represents years of hard work and dedication to a task in which the author firmly believed.
It is a fascinating story of high hopes and lofty ambitions never realized; of political turmoil; of duplicity and greed in high places and of the 'ordinary' men who worked on the railroad and made it work - against great odds - for a hundred years. Here are the names and places from our past - politicians and entrepreneurs, confederates and nationalists, promoters and charlatans, wrapped up in the building of a railway in a land where for centuries the sea had been the only avenue of transportation.
This first volume deals with the building of the railway and all the related works - the Drydock, the Street Railway, the Telegraph System, the Coastal Steamers - which came about in the turbulent years between 1875 and 1923.
It is story that has to be told. Now, when the Newfoundland Railway story is drawing to a close, is the time to tell it.
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