All Aboard! Exploring the Newfoundland Railway

The Museum

History of the Museum

Gordon Barnes - Welcome to the Museum

Gordon Barnes welcomes you to the Railway Coastal Museum

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Welcome to the Railway Coastal Museum. The museum opened in June of 2003. The purpose of the museum is to tell the story of the railway and the coastal boat service in Newfoundland and Labrador. The railway and the coastal boats were an integral part of how the province developed. And so our mandate is to portray that to the visitors who come into the museum.

A lot of the exhibits are text based with history boards tracing the evolution of the railway from its beginnings in the late 1800's to its demise in the late 1980's. We also have models of some of the coastal boats. We tell the story of how that sort of service evolved also. And the highlight is the models - the builders models of the Baccalieu and the S.S. Caribou which was one of the boats torpedoed in 1942 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

We have a replica of a forties train in the... in the building. We took a train car and we cut it lengthwise and turned it out. And we restored the dining car, the passenger's car, the galley, the private car, and so on just like that. Outside the building, we have a train car display which also contains the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion which is mile 0 of the Trans Canada Trail and that will be opening fairly soon now.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the museum either on the Internet or through a personal visit. We'll certainly be pleased to welcome you here and I'm sure... and I'm sure you will enjoy it.