Lewisporte Train Park welcomes speeder addition
The Lewisporte Train Park is a popular rest stop for visitors and locals alike and now has a speeder added to its display.
Flossie Pardy and her family were on hand last week to donate the piece of railway history to the park.
The speeder was owned by Pardy’s late husband, Raymond. He acquired it from a friend who worked in Port-aux-Basques with the Canadian National Railway (CNR) about 15 years ago.
A speeder was used to move around the train tracks when workers would have to inspect the tracks or perform maintenance.
Lewisporte is home for the Pardys and Flossie was the owner of Pardy’s Bakery in town for 20 years.
“The speeder was in our garden for many years and Ray would go out and sit on it and he loved it,” Pardy said.
Following Raymond’s passing, the family decided the best thing to do with the speeder would be to put it on loan to the town for the Train Park for display. They also donated the track the speeder sits on.
“I think he would be very proud to know that it was at the park,” she said. “That’s what he was like.”
Pardy’s daughter, Betty Brett, recalled the days when her father would take the speeder to Trinity Loop.
“He would love that,” Brett said. “The kids would want to have a ride on it and first he gave his children rides and then he would give the other children rides around the track.”
Other uses for the speeder
Pardy noted that a speeder wasn’t just used for trainrelated work, but was a valuable resource for moving from town to town.
The speeder donated to the Train Park was a CNR speeder while the Newfoundland Railway speeders were much bigger.
“During the Second World War, he (Raymond) used to take the speeder from the Notre Dame junction, come to Lewisporte and pick up Dr. Nap and take him to Gander to see patients with the military,” Pardy said.
The priest from Norris Arm would also use the service of the speeder to bring him to visit people in the area.
There was room on the speeder for a stretcher so if someone got sick, Pardy said they would be picked up by the speeder and taken to the hospital in Grand Falls.
One of Pardy’s brothers, who broke his arm at age 18, was taken by speeder to the hospital.
The speeder is now on display, but will be put into storage during the winter months. Look to The Pilot website at www. lportepilot.ca for a video of the unveiling of the speeder
The Pardy family were on hand at the Lewisporte Train Park last week to unveil a speeder donated in memory of the late Raymond Pardy of Lewisporte. Pictured are (front) Flossie Pardy; (back) daughters Betty Brett, Karen Brett and Lori Brett.