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HEADING TO HARBOUR GRACE - 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 going away view of CN Train No. 212, the Carbonear Mixed, crossing Mt. Pleasant Road on the approach to the tiny station at Harbour Grace on June 22, 1967. Returning to St. John's, the trio of boxy G8's on the head end almost equal the revenue cars including baggage 1308 and combination coach/caboose 6009 and this unique train, including the diesels consisted of specially built 'Newfoundland' narrow gauge equipment. John's keen eye captured the unique railroading found only in Canada's tenth province in one of the oldest settlements in North America. Founded in 1517 by King Francis 1 of France, and headquarters of famous pirate Peter Easton, Amelia Earhart departed Harbour Grace not far from this location on May 20, 1932 to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. John would continue to chase and photograph this train until arrival at Brigus Junction and the mainline where he would board and experience the ride for himself as far as Holyrood. Harbour Grace would see its last mixed train 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 in September 2022.
Copyright Notice: This image ©John Freyseng, collection of Kenneth G. Pieroway all rights reserved.



Caption: HEADING TO HARBOUR GRACE - 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 going away view of CN Train No. 212, the Carbonear Mixed, crossing Mt. Pleasant Road on the approach to the tiny station at Harbour Grace on June 22, 1967. Returning to St. John's, the trio of boxy G8's on the head end almost equal the revenue cars including baggage 1308 and combination coach/caboose 6009 and this unique train, including the diesels consisted of specially built 'Newfoundland' narrow gauge equipment. John's keen eye captured the unique railroading found only in Canada's tenth province in one of the oldest settlements in North America. Founded in 1517 by King Francis 1 of France, and headquarters of famous pirate Peter Easton, Amelia Earhart departed Harbour Grace not far from this location on May 20, 1932 to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. John would continue to chase and photograph this train until arrival at Brigus Junction and the mainline where he would board and experience the ride for himself as far as Holyrood. Harbour Grace would see its last mixed train 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 in September 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 212 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Harbour Grace/Carbonear S/D (search)
City/Town: Harbour Grace (search)
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador (search)
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  1. Just fantastic John.

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