Train and coastal boat, post-1897
The Newfoundland railway provided the first overland route across the island. It connected major bays to one another, linked rural villages to larger centres, and opened up the island's interior for industrial development. The first trans-island passenger train departed St. John's on the evening of 29 June 1898 and arrived at Port aux Basques 28 hours later.
Photographer unknown. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 24.01.006), QE II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.