Still room for train stories
Once again thank you to all your readers who contributed to my book on the railway.
While doing research I discovered many other wonderful stories about travel in Newfoundland — stories in danger of being lost.
Stories of going up the Gander River by canoe to the Gander Hospital, hitching a ride to St. John’s on a coastal schooner, carrying a sick child for miles in the snow because the plow only came as far as the government wharf, travelling by snowshoe, dogsled, open boat, horse, airplane, also stories of the first car in the community.
In my own family, my grandmother’s home in Chapel’s Cove was opened to sealers travelling by foot to St. John’s. My mother told stories of men sleeping in every nook and cranny of the tiny saltbox house.
I would love to record any other stories for future generations. Of course there is still room for more train stories.
Your readers can reach me at 726-2411 or estherbrown@ nf. sympatico. ca