The Railway In Clarenville 1891 To 1988 Page 2
Clarenville Heritage Society
Keeping the Railway History Alive
December, 2005 - The Clarenville Heritage society extends the length of track and adds a 40’ Flat Car and a Locomotive (formerly used at the Newfoundland Hardwoods) to the display
Photograph: Courtesy Bonnie Jarvis-Lowe ©The Clarenville Heritage society has engine No. 30 from Newfoundland Hardwoods which was built in 1949 by Plymouth Locomotive Works in Plymouth Ohio, USA, a Division of the Fate-Root-Heath Company. Weight is 35 tonnes.
According to the staff at Newfoundland Hardwoods, both of these Locomotives were brought from the Argentia Base to Clarenville in the 1960's. To date, Hardwoods still has No. 31 though no longer in use.
Rail operations for Newfoundland Hardwoods ceased in late 2005. Up to that point it was the only remaining industrial rail operation in Newfoundland.
Their locomotive no. 30 was transported from the Hardwoods site to the Train station on December 6, 2005 by 40 tonne crane from Avondale. Also transported was a 40' flat car.
The whole operation took 4 hours to complete.
Both railway items were donated by Newfoundland Hardwoods Ltd. to the Clarenville Heritage Society for public display and preservation of Hardwoods Railway history.
Information: Courtesy Stephen Bonnell ©
Spring 2006 - They are doing restoration work on the Plymouth Switcher which is located next to the Railway Station
Plymouth Switcher in 2002
taken at Newfoundland Hardwoods Clarenville
Photograph: Courtesy Peter Hawksford ©
Plymouth Switcher No. 30
Restoration Project completed September 2006
Photograph: Courtesy Stephen Bonnell ©
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