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Looking out the track to the Avondale Railway Station c1950's
Looking out the track from the Mill Road area to the Railway Station|
in Avondale. The attached is a picture looking out the track from
the Mill Road area to the Railway Station in Avondale built by the
Anglo-Newfoundland Telegraph Company c. 1870-1880 and served
as a repeater station for the first telegraph land line serving
St. John’s. From 1890 to 1949 the structure served as a freight
and passenger station operated by the Reid Newfoundland Company.
The houses and sheds on the right side of the tracks were most likely
belonging to the Railway and may have housed the Agents. The house
on the back of the Railway station is the home of John (Jack) and
Lillian Hicks (both now deceased). Jack worked on the Railway for
years before retiring. Once he retired, he sold this house to
Terrance Doyle and his family. Terrance was the last Railway Agent
before the Government closed down “The Bullet”.
Contributed by Barbara McGrath
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