| The Newfoundland railroad story begins in the 1700s, when the cod fishery of the island of Newfoundland beckoned thousands of young immigrants here from England and Ireland. They sought a brighter future from our bountiful fishery. Because they could not fish on already-occupied fishing grounds, fishers had to establish new villages, scattered along the lengthy coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Newfoundland railroad connected the fishing villages of Newfoundland (known as outports). The story of the railway and coastal vessels contain all the elements of a modern day novel - ambition, hardship, courage, tragedy, greed, and determination. The products featured on the site attempt to recapture these elements.