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CARIBOU CLIMBING - Travelling with four University of Toronto friends - including the late James A. Brown - to celebrate Canada's Centennial by riding Newfoundland's endangered passenger train 'Caribou', John Freyseng of Ontario was able to capture some amazing narrow gauge images. Here he photographs from the rear, CN Train No. 102, the eastbound Caribou with NF210's 919 and 911 navigating one of the many S-curves while climbing towards the former flag stop of Red Rocks, mileage 537. Having descended downgrade from the right to cross the bridge at Bear Cove, engineer Kevin Byrne now opens the throttle to climb the grade just before turning left. Only a year earlier, Red Rocks was depopulated and abandoned and no longer a flag stop on the mainline. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is calm today, unlike the night of a major storm on October 20, 1974 which resulted in the mainline track being relocated further inland to the right to avoid further erosion. More of 1967 John Freyseng photos can be seen in my upcoming TRAINS OF NEWFOUNDLAND, to be released by Flanker Press in both hard and softcover editions on September 9, 2022.
Copyright Notice: This image ©John Freyseng, collection of Kenneth G. Pieroway all rights reserved.



Caption: CARIBOU CLIMBING - Travelling with four University of Toronto friends - including the late James A. Brown - to celebrate Canada's Centennial by riding Newfoundland's endangered passenger train 'Caribou', John Freyseng of Ontario was able to capture some amazing narrow gauge images. Here he photographs from the rear, CN Train No. 102, the eastbound Caribou with NF210's 919 and 911 navigating one of the many S-curves while climbing towards the former flag stop of Red Rocks, mileage 537. Having descended downgrade from the right to cross the bridge at Bear Cove, engineer Kevin Byrne now opens the throttle to climb the grade just before turning left. Only a year earlier, Red Rocks was depopulated and abandoned and no longer a flag stop on the mainline. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is calm today, unlike the night of a major storm on October 20, 1974 which resulted in the mainline track being relocated further inland to the right to avoid further erosion. More of 1967 John Freyseng photos can be seen in my upcoming TRAINS OF NEWFOUNDLAND, to be released by Flanker Press in both hard and softcover editions on September 9, 2022.

Photographer:
John Freyseng, collection of Kenneth G. Pieroway [95] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/20/1967 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 919, 911 (search)
Train Symbol: CN 102 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Port aux Basques Subdivision, MP 537.0 (search)
City/Town: Red Rocks (search)
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Geez. Nice. Real nice. I know it is sunny and all that but somehow I get the feeling that was a cold day…….:o)

  2. Very nice! I like that 40′ wood outside braced boxcar painted in the CN passenger scheme! I don’t recall seeing one in that paint on the mainland during my 48 years of railroading.

  3. Paul, the late James A. Brown kept meticulous notes while travelling with his friend John. The car in question is Express Boxcar 1593, one of 10 built in November 1954 by Eastern Car Company. It was later rebuilt in 1961.

  4. Thanks for that detail Kenneth. I can now see the cars history in my copy of CNR Passenger Equipment 1867-1992 (Gay Lepkey). Keep those great photos coming. :-)

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