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Trinity Train Loop Registered Heritage Structure

Trinity Train Loop, Goose Cove, Trinity

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Registered Heritage Structure

Description of Historic Place

The Trinity Train Loop is a narrow gauge train track that spirals around an incline in Goose Cove, Trinity, Trinity Bay. The designation is confined to the linear footprint of the track.

Heritage Value

The Trinity Train Loop has been designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador because of its historical and engineering values.

Historically, the Trinity Train Loop is significant because of its association with the Reid Newfoundland Company. The Reid Newfoundland Company was responsible for constructing 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 valuable due to its engineering and as a rare example of an exposed rail loop in Canada. This narrow gauge (42") railway track is one of the few remaining in the province. The circumference of the track is 2012 m, turning approximately 310 degrees, passing under itself, and emerging 10.46 m lower.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador property file “Trinity – Trinity Train Loop – FPT 160”

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age, engineering and construction of the rail loop including:
-original narrow gauge track;
-spiral construction and rise in elevation of the loop; and,
-location and dimensions of track line.

Location and History

Community Trinity, Trinity Bay
Municipality Town of Trinity
Civic Address Goose Cove
Construction (circa) 1910 - 1910
J.P. Powell (of Reid Nfld. Company)
Reid Nfld. Company
Style Other
Building Plan Other