All Aboard! Exploring the Newfoundland Railway

Railway / Coastal History

Railway/Coastal Boat Service

Aiden Maloney - From a Business Man's Perspective

Aiden Maloney: Talking about traveling the railway from a business man's perspective.

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Length: 3:35 Min
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I can now speak to you as a major user of the Newfoundland Railway service and the period that I will be talking about will be the forties, the war years. Leading up to confederation and for four or five years - after in to - in to our confederation with Canada. I was during those years employed with a major fish operation at Ramea, which is an Island on - off of the south coast of Newfoundland and as a user of the service we required the refrigerator capacity of the Newfoundland Railway on occasion. But most importantly... the railway brought us everything we needed to run a number of shops in that general area - fairly large stores of general merchandise. I myself, as a manager of the operation for a number of years, of course, had to use the Newfoundland Railway to travel to St. John's quite frequently, for meetings of the -fish indus- trade industry to mainland Canada and into the United States where the company had its selling of fish sales offices.

So using the service as a traveler was interesting, and I probably could just deal with one trip to describe - my - my life as a traveler on the railway. I say leaving St. John's, leaving a meeting in St. John's, I would travel to Argentia by train. Join the coastal boat at Argentia and for the next four days, which was the time generally it took for the coastal boat to reach Ramea I was -on a- on the boat as a passenger.

That was an interesting experience sometimes the weather was good, sometimes it was not good. Always interesting- always interesting from the point of view again of my brushing with people in the business and the coastal boat stopped at possibly as many as fifteen communities between Argentia and Ramea - probably for a matter of an hour or two hours in each community. It gave me a chance to go on shore, look up some people that I knew, some people who were in the fish business, exchange some views with them. And - but - it was- again it had an interesting social side to it as well. The dining room on the coastal boats was very interesting place. Three good substantial meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and then in the evening always what was generally referred to as a mug up, which of course, was a cup of coffee, or cup of tea, or some sweet, or other.