Trinity Train Loop
Trinity (Trinity Bay), Newfoundland and Labrador, A0C, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Trinity Train Loop is a narrow gauge wooden train track that spirals around an incline in Goose Cove, Trinity, Trinity Bay. The designation is confined to the linear footprint of the track.
The Trinity Train Loop has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure because of its historical and architectural values.
Historically, the Trinity Train Loop is significant because of its association with the Reid Newfoundland Company. The Reid Newfoundland Company was responsible for construction the rail system across the Island. In addition to owning and operating the railway for 50 years, the Reid Company also operated coastal steamers, owned the St. John’s drydock, operated the government telegraph system and developed the first hydro-electric power in the country. The company greatly influenced the development of Newfoundland as a whole.
The Trinity Train Loop is architecturally significant because it is one of the only rail loops in North America, and the only exposed rail loop in the country. This narrow gauge (42") railway track is one of the few remaining in the province. The circumference of the track is 2012 m, turns approximately 310 degrees, passing under itself, and emerges 10.46 m lower.
Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, unnumbered file, "Trinity – Trinity Train Loop."
All original features which relate to the age, engineering and construction of the rail loop including:
-original wooden, narrow gauge track;
-spiral construction and rise in elevation of the loop; and,
-location and dimensions of track line.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Historic Resources Act
Registered Heritage Structure
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Technology and Engineering
Function - Category and Type
- Station or Other Rail Facility
Architect / Designer
Reid Newfoundland Ltd.
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador,
1 Springdale Street,
St. John’s Newfoundland
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