1. 42 THEMED EXHIBITS.
With all the elements of a modern-day novel — ambition, hardship, courage, tragedy, greed, and determination — the story behind the Newfoundland Railway and Coastal Boat Service is presented in fascinating detail through these 42 Themed Exhibits.
2. OTHER MUSEUM FEATURES.
During your trip through the Exhibits you’ll find many costumed figures, posters, paintings, scale models of locomotives and coastal boats, biographies of famous people, and rare maps of Railway and Coastal Boat routes. It’s an altogether captivating journey, with hundreds of old photographs and displays that tell of noble endeavors.
3. THE MURALS AND MINI-THEATRE.
Step back in time, surrounded by our 50 foot wide mural of St. John’s Harbour, the City. and Signal Hill during the 1940s. Settle into the Mini-theatre to view actual footage of train trips across the island, and coastal boats servicing our outports. Then, as you move on, take a look at the 25 foot wide mural of a coastal boat. The cutaway view lets you see first-hand the interesting activity during the voyage.
4. THE RAILWAY DIORAMA.
Newfoundland’s largest diorama takes you through the actual railcars from the Newfoundland Railway. The various section of a 1940s passenger train have been carefully restored, giving you a 90 foot full-scale, actual replica. You’ll see the:
- Observation Platform;
- Pullman / Sleeper;
- Dining Car;
- Coach; and
- Mail Car.
For many years the Newfoundland Railway provided the only way to travel by land across the island. Now, you can see for yourself exactly what train travel was like on the “Overland Limited,” operating from St. John’s to Port aux Basques.
5. AUTOMATED MODEL RAILWAY.
This 11° x 16° working model of the Newfoundland Railway is based on a layout that was designed by Frank and Aubrey Rogers, whose father was a Newfoundland Railway engineer. In this model, the train travels across the island, from Rort aux Basques to St. John’s, through detailed reproductions of mary scenic points. And in the center is a busy railyard, complete with roundhouse and turntable.