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CRUISING INTO CARBONEAR - 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 a sideways view of CN Train No. 211, the Carbonear Mixed, entering its namesake town near the end of the 38.5 mile branchline on June 22, 1967. The trio of boxy G8's on the head end almost equal the revenue cars including baggage 1308 and combination coach/caboose 6009 and will turn on a wye to back into the station prior to departure as No. 212. This unique train, including the diesels consisted of specially built 'Newfoundland' narrow gauge rolling stock. John's spectacular vantage point was taken from the top of Saddle Hill Road, then the only access into the town that was settled in 1631 and has seen its share of pirates and attacks by the French during battles over British ownership. Once again, his friend Jim who while standing alongside him, captured pretty much an identical image that has appeared in several publications. The last mixed train to Carbonear was on September 20, 1984 and following abandonment, the rails were taken up in 1987. 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: CRUISING INTO CARBONEAR - 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 a sideways view of CN Train No. 211, the Carbonear Mixed, entering its namesake town near the end of the 38.5 mile branchline on June 22, 1967. The trio of boxy G8's on the head end almost equal the revenue cars including baggage 1308 and combination coach/caboose 6009 and will turn on a wye to back into the station prior to departure as No. 212. This unique train, including the diesels consisted of specially built 'Newfoundland' narrow gauge rolling stock. John's spectacular vantage point was taken from the top of Saddle Hill Road, then the only access into the town that was settled in 1631 and has seen its share of pirates and attacks by the French during battles over British ownership. Once again, his friend Jim who while standing alongside him, captured pretty much an identical image that has appeared in several publications. The last mixed train to Carbonear was on September 20, 1984 and following abandonment, the rails were taken up in 1987. 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: 06/22/1967 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 801 (search)
Train Symbol: CN 211 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Carbonear (search)
City/Town: Carbonear (search)
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Magnificent view. Nicely done John.

  2. Great vantage point! And is that what appears to be an old outside-braced 40′ double door boxcar with yellow-painted doors? Didn’t think any of those got the yellow-door treatment (for high class merchandise)!

  3. This is awesome Railwayguy! Just a stunner.

  4. Thanks for your comments everyone, was just very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. Brings back great memories of a great trip, hard to believe it will be 55 years ago later this month.

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