The New Ter­mi­nal 1949

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL - Clay­ton Bil­lard Twin Town His­tory

In Au­gust of 1949 the work of dis­man­tling the car­rier shed at the Port aux Basques ter­mi­nal was near­ing com­ple­tion.

Sur­vey­ing had been done on the site. The con­struc­tion of a new, more mod­ern shed, was to be started shortly and space for park­ing pro­vided for motor cars while await­ing the ar­rival of boat and train. A layer of crushed stone was laid over the new sewer lines that re­placed the old ones. Tim­ber and piles had ar­rived at the rail­way ter­mi­nal and the pile driver was busy driving piles.

In Au­gust this was the only con­struc­tion work be­ing done. The work of build­ing the new ex­ten­sion had been held up tem­po­rar­ily af­ter a num­ber of rail­way of­fi­cials had vis­ited the rail­way ter­mi­nal. How­ever, work was re­sumed and the rail­way was a busy place once again.

A num­ber of men were em­ployed, in­clud­ing car­pen­ters, in the con­struc­tion of the rail­way sta­tion house which will mea­sure 75 by 35 feet. The roof was to be cov­ered with green as­phalt shin­gles and white slate shin­gles planned for the sides. As space was re­quired to make the nec­es­sary en­large­ment much ground had to be re­moved. A ditcher and a num­ber of men were busy re­mov­ing the soil. The rest of the year would be quite busy in or­der to have it ready in time to take care of the win­ter traf­fic.

Dur­ing pre­vi­ous years most of the rail­way shed space was taken up with the stor­age of pa­per dur­ing the win­ter and very lit­tle space was avail­able for gen­eral freight and ex­press. The pa­per con­veyor was re­moved to an­other lo­ca­tion. The new freight shed was to be about 100 feet long and would be a gen­eral im­prove­ment all around.

Many men had found work on this new ter­mi­nal con­struc­tion and em­ploy­ment had hit an­other record.

The soil ex­ca­vated at the rail­way ter­mi­nal was to be used by the town coun­cil on the Twin Town roads. Much of it was to be stored for future use.

Although road con­struc­tion was mak­ing good progress, the chair­man of the town coun­cil, Ge­orge Nor­man, had planned to leave for St. John’s to dis­cuss town mat­ters with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. Among the busi­ness top­ics would be the prom­ise of a cot­tage hos­pi­tal. Apart from re­ceiv­ing word that $100,000 had been al­lo­cated for this pur­pose, no fur­ther news had been forth­com­ing, and the gen­eral pub­lic were keenly dis­ap­pointed that sev­eral sites had been in­spected but no ac­tion had been taken.

In ad­di­tion to the gen­eral con­struc­tion at the rail­way, at­ten­tion had also been given to the Rail­way Ice House. Some re­pairs were made and a large ex­ca­va­tion was nec­es­sary to build an ex­ten­sion. Dur­ing the past sev­eral years per­ish­able goods had in­creased to the ex­tent that the quan­tity of ice in stor­age was ex­hausted by mid-sum­mer and dur­ing the bal­ance of the sea­son ice has to be brought from the main­land. The new ex­ten­sion to the ice house at Port aux Basques would store suf­fi­cient ice to cope with the quan­tity of frozen ship­ments pass­ing through this port.

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