All Aboard! Exploring the Newfoundland Railway


Gordon Barnes - Welcome Video

Gordon Barnes introduces the museum

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Welcome to the Railway Coastal Museum. The Museum opened in 2003 and the object was to restore the old railway station to roughly the period of the 30s and 40s, when it was the Newfoundland Railway and not Canadian National.

It's rather unique in a way because we celebrate the railway and the coastal boat service and what's unique about that is of course is that the railways were in fact the owners and operators of the coastal boat service. Which I am sure is unique in Canada.

The mandate of the Museum is to tell the story of the railway and the coastal boat service.

The railway was instrumental in opening up the interior, of the country of Newfoundland, for paper, for making forestry, mining, farming in certain areas and of course the coastal boat service was very important to linking hundreds of communities around the coast, that had no access to roads or the railway. So both together were integrated into one service, to bring health services, educational services and so on to the people of Newfoundland.

The Museum here was a joint project of the Johnston Family Foundation, the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, and to some extent the City of St. John's. All three combined -to - to bring this Museum to fruition. So we would like you to enjoy your visit to our Museum and hope you will learn about the rich history, not only of the railway and coastal boat service, but of the rich history of Newfoundland included in that service