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CN NF110 Positioned for Display near Lewisporte, Newfoundland, August 1990.

On my first trip to Nfld. by car in August 1990 I was captivated by the remains of the CN Newfoundland (narrow gauge, 575-mile mainline) Division, aka Terra Transport , which was abandoned Sept. 30th, 1988. I felt I was late to the funeral, having seen only gravel roadbed, some ties, and broken rails atop them in places, almost 2 years later. In places there were deposited the odd loco, coach, caboose and/or plough for some commemoration of the line by different communities. Examples were loco NF110 902 near Lewisporte, or the collection of equipment near Port aux Basques.

In this and accompanying images, taken at Notre-Dame Junction near Lewisporte just off the Trans-Canada Highway, were still-working specimens comprising work trains used in the removal of rail and ties in these the last pockets of line. No people were around as it was a weekend, though I suspect the job was near-done and soon all this equipment would be disposed of.

The front of NF210 917 had I-girders attached I suspect for the purpose of pulling up track, and someone had written "strawberry" across the pilot.

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Taken on August 15, 2012