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The School Car Bringing the Three R's to Newfoundland's Remote Railway Settlements (1936 - 1942) The School Car Bringing the Three R's to Newfoundland's Remote Railway Settlements (1936 - 1942)
Randy P. Noseworthy

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The main line of the Newfoundland Railway stretched some 547 miles from St. John's to Port aux Basques. During the mid-1930s there were scattered along the line a number of small, isolated settlements where railway workers and their families lived for part or all of the year. Being far removed from regular schools, the children living in these settlements had no way to obtain a formal education. In response to the situation, the Department of Education and the Newfoundland Railway, in co-operation with the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, devised an imaginative approach involving a School on Wheels. For six years, this mobile schoolhouse travelled back and forth along the main line of the Newfoundland Railway, bringing to the children of remote locations the opportunity to attend school and learn the Three R's -- reading, writing, and arithmetic.

In The School Car, Randy Noseworthy provides a detailed account of the School on Wheels program, from its beginnings in 1936 through to its discontinuance in 1942. In addition, the book documents the history of the railway car which was used in the program, from its origin as the private car Shawnawdithit through to its last years of service and its ultimate fate.



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