Photographs old and new document Newfoundland trains

Rails Across the Rock: A Then and Now Celebration of the Newfoundland Railway
by Kenneth G. Pieroway
$22.95, paperback, 150 pp.
Creative Book Publishing, August 2013

Rails Across the Rock book cover photoRails across the Rock is primarily a picture book with colour photos of nearly 90 places on the now-defunct Newfoundland railway.

Verso photos, mostly from the 1960s to the 1980s, show trains. Retro photos show the same sites today—no trains, no rails. Earlier photos (the railway dates from 1898) would have been appreciated.

The book is for the railway buff who might not find the sameness in images that struck this casual reader. An exception is the photo that shows a train winding its way through a community “near Petries.”

In addition to the captioned photos, the book contains a well-written foreword, a preface, a brief history of the Newfoundland Railway and a short interview with a railroader.

The Newfoundland railway: For some it arouses nostalgia; for others, the loss still smarts.
Pieroway’s celebration of the railway is a reminder that, long before roads, we had a way of crossing the island through a beautiful interior.

Rails Across the Rock: A Then and Now Celebration of the Newfoundland Railway
by Kenneth G. Pieroway
$22.95, paperback, 150 pp.
Creative Book Publishing, August 2013

 

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  • Hats off to Mr.,Pieroway for such a great book on such a great rail system that to this day, it’s loss to the people of Newfoundland, still leaves an emptiness in their hearts and souls. I have his first book (green) soft cover, found the other companion copy today (Sunday, Oct.,5th), at Coles Books Truro. I flipped through it front to back, to find another spectacular piece of work, covering the different branch lines that connected the small remote communities, that were otherwise isolated, to the main line, as well as other connecting “private” and “industrial railroads. This book is a must have on my list, and there are lots of color photos with accompanying captions, to explain the photo’s location. Can’t wait to add it to my collection of railroad books!! I am a model railroader and train collector with equipment in “HO, “G” “O”, &N scale. Well done Mr., Pieroway!!

  • December 25th/2014: Just received a copy of Mr. Pieroway’s 2nd book release “Rails Around The Rock”. All I can say is what a great book!!!! I really enjoyed reading about and observing the great photos of the Newfoundland Railway. This book will also serve as a great modelling reference to those who are modelling or are planning to model this area and its equipment/structures.

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