Still room for train sto­ries

The Compass - - JUNE - Es­ther Slaney Brown St. John’s

Dear ed­i­tor:

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

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