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US Military Narrow-gauge

Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:58 am

Here’s a former US Army Air Corp narrow-gauge Plymouth....now Newfoundland Hardwoods #31 at Clarenville, NL. From info I could find it was originally #7596…built in 1942 and used at the United States Naval Air Station in Argentia, Newfoundland. Also at Clarenville is #32, I couldn’t find any info but appears to be of similar lineage.....and CNR #900, a GMD NF110 narrow-gauge unit.
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Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:59 am

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Re: US Military Narrow-gauge

Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:00 am

The old US Naval Base at Argentia where the narrow-gauge Plymouth operated.....

http://www.hiddennewfoundland.ca/argentia-naval-station

https://goo.gl/maps/PKBW6Qi397E2

......is the location of the Marine Atlantic (formerly Canadian National Railways) Ferry Terminal for the car and passenger ferries over to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. In the photo below…the highway to the ferry is on the left and was separated from the road for US base traffic on the right. Crossing the road at the bottom of the hill....you can see the pavement cut where the narrow-gauge railway entered the base.
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Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:02 am

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Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:03 am

In this CN Employee’s Timetable from April 1981…..you could still ride a narrow-gauge Mixed Train on the Argentia Subdivision for a little ‘R&R’ in St. John’s, the provincial capital….80 miles away.
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Re: US Military Narrow-gauge

Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:04 am

Now head 400 miles west across the island of Newfoundland to the former United States Air Force Base at Stephenville. The USAF operated the ‘Gull Lake’ narrow-gauge railway from a junction on the CNR main-line at White’s Road…..7 miles into the base. After the base closed, CN took over the line as their Stephenville Subdivision and it lasted until the entire narrow-gauge railway across Newfoundland was abandoned in 1988.

Here you see the abandoned Stephenville Sub running to a supply depot near the old Hangers in the distance.
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Postby NS VIA FAN » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:05 am

Drive around Stephenville today and you will notice streets named for US States!...and a lot of the old base infrastructure still remains.

https://goo.gl/maps/cXVqU4Z3TgS2
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Re: US Military Narrow-gauge

Postby RailVet » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:48 pm

"Here’s a former US Army Air Corp narrow-gauge Plymouth..."

Not all of the pre-1947 USAF was known as the "US Army Air Corps." It's somewhat complicated, but this Wiki article explains how the organization of WW II's US Army Air Forces:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_St ... Air_Forces
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