St. John's to Holyrood September 1976
by David Othen
About the Book
A collection of photographs illustrating the Newfoundland Railway's operations in the St. John's area in September 1976. The station, workshops and railway yards and the equipment stored there are shown. This is followed by photographs of, and information about, all the types of diesels that operated on the Newfoundland Railway.
The operation of the mixed train that ran three days a week from St. John's to Argentia and Carbonear is explained and illustrated. Finally a collection of photographs taken on a trip on this train are included. Photos were taken both from the rear coach and from the cab of the second locomotive.
The book is 80 pages long and provides an excellent snapshot of railway operations on the Avalon Peninsula in September 1976.
I have been interested in trains since I was a child in the 1940s. Early memories include standing on the footplate of the Flying Scotsman at King's Cross. I have photographed and more recently taken video of trains across North America, Britain and Europe. I have been a volunteer on several tourist railroads and was a senior Trainman on the Salem & Hillsborough Railroad in New Brunswick. I have also been fortunate enough to travel on the footplate of, and help fire, coal, wood and oil-burning steam engines and to drive steam and diesel engines.