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Address: 495 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1E 6B5, Canada
Phone Number:
17097245929
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Railway Coastal Museum is located at the site of the original Riverhead...

The Railway Coastal Museum is located at the site of the original Riverhead Train Station, built in 1903. In 2003 the building was re-purposed into a non-profit museum dedicated to interpreting the rich history of the Newfoundland Railway from its inception in the late 1800's to its closure in 1988, as well as the history of the provincial Coastal Boat Service.

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More than just a museum about trains. This gives a fascinating history of transportation in Newfoundland. The "coastal" refers to,the shipping aspect of travel around the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The first part was about the history of the NL railway as it came and finally disappeared. It was crucial in the development of Newfoundland's social, economic and financial development. Then the history of the sailing ships and how they carried the fish and oil and other commodities. Amazing hard lives.

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Peterborough, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is not a very large museum (1 large room on 1 floor) and I think there were just as many exhibits with boats as there were with trains. There were a lot of pictures and articles to read that did give a history of the railroad in Newfoundland and there were a few staged scenes depicting passengers and different... More 

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I had a downer about the large 'Rooms' museum in St John's but in contrast this museum was far smaller but kept me interested and I spent longer as a result. The information provided is detailed and the displays colourful. The films about the railway are interesting and well worth a watch and the staff knowledgeable. Its a great place... More 

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Pickering, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

History buffs must drop by for a couple of hours to this museum, they have done a wonderful job showing the history of the railways in Newfoundland. I bought a couple of books to further know the railway history, you must go to this museum and see the history of this province through the railway. Amazing.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

As railroads were in Newfoundland only for about 100 years, it does not have as much to reflect on. Kind of small. I found it interesting as I am interested in all things Newfoundland, but my title says it all. Nice exterior.

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Scotland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Hubby was not impressed at all here. He considered we had wasted our money. Did not hold his attention at all.We would not visit here another time.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

More than just a museum about trains. This gives a fascinating history of transportation in Newfoundland. The "coastal" refers to,the shipping aspect of travel around the island. Wonderful models of the ships that plied their trade. One point less because the model railways wasn't working.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Lovely afternoon trip, good place to go. Lots of history . Pity the people in power closed the railroad down, they really need it now.

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife and I toured this museum in August and we were fortunate that one of the guides was there and gave us a very good history of the impact of the railroad in Newfoundland. There were numerous displays of the history and the individuals who made an impact . We were looking for tee shirts for our small grandkids... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Pros: The museum staff running the ticket counter were super nice. The history of Railway Coastal was very interesting. Learned about how long it took to travel in Newfoundland right up until the 1920s. Cons: No actual railway cars - there are a couple that have been cut in half and displayed along the wall like dioramas, but none to... More 

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