Newspaper Articles on Northern Bight Station

Evening Telegram, February 4, 1897

Train Notes

Three cars of freight were taken out by morning train – one car load for the pulp manufactory at Northern Bight. Mr. Albert Hare took passage for the manufactory. The Rev. Mr. Godden left for his mission at Random, and Mr. Daniel Ryan for his home at King’s Cove.


Evening Herald, April 7, 1899

She Stole the Jewelry.

On Tuesday night one Fanny Jones, of Old Shop, Dildo, was a passenger on the northern train, en route to Northern Bight. She had her eye on Antonio Joseph all the way, knowing from experience that he carried valuable goods, and by changing her position in the car was, when the train reached her destination, in quiet possession of his jewelry case, valued at some $400. It was not until Northern Bight was far behind that Antonio missed his pack, and then the air was rich with Arabic and bad English oaths. At Clarenville the Maronite could not stand the strain, so walked the ties back to Northern Bight, and managed to overtake the girl. She had by this time broken open the box, and was in full possession of its contents, while a brilliant ring with flashing stone adorned her finger, and one the best watches with long gold chain attached was hung around her neck. The lass, seeing she was captured, dashed off for safety; Antonio also did a little sprinting, but she escaped. Supt. Sullivan, who arrived last night, will in all likelihood proceed north again to hunt up the thief.


The Evening Herald, February 5, 1902

Ambulance Northern Bight

When the express arrived last night the ambulance was waiting for a man named John Walsh, of Placentia, who during the past severe weather had his toes frozen while working at Northern Bight. The man was reported as unable to move, but officers Caines and McGinn, who were with the ambulance, found him quite able to get about and were disgusted at having a call at that hour when not needed. He was driven to the hospital.


The Evening Herald, September 5, 1906

Railway Notes

The Reid Nfld. Coy. Have built at Crabbs and Stephenville Crossing new stations and freight sheds, and at Little River and St. George’s two new stations; at Long Hr., Tickle Hr., Northern Bight, Upper Shoal Hr. and Robinson’s Brook new shelters are being erected, and also at Waterford Bridge. A new station at Spaniard’s Bay and a freight shed at Brigus. The company have put up at Tickle Hr. section foreman’s and sectionmen’s houses. At Rantem and Clarenville they have erected houses for the section men, and also at Thorburn Lake, Port Blandford and Terra Nova River. At Gambo they are building section forman’s and section men’s houses, a new section men’s house at Gaff Topsail; two section men’s houses have been built at Badger Brook, at Robinson’s and Codroy houses for section foreman and section men are also being constructed.


Evening Telegram, April 12, 1916

At the House

Mr. Lloyd …. He then presented a petition from Northern Bight on the same subject [lack of station accommodation]. At present there is a shack there, 13 ft by 10, to accommodate the needs of 1300 people and there was no station agent there. In past sessions the Leader of the Government had undertaken to see the contractors with a view to having conditions remedied, but his labours so far had resulted in nothing. The petitioners are now pressing their claims upon the contractors and the Government and the Leader of the Opposition hoped that something will be done.

Mr. Stone supported what had been said by the Leader of the Opposition and gave a review of the dilapidated railroad station or shack at Northern Bight.

The Colonial Secretary understood that something had been done to put the station in decent repair as Engineer last year to take the matter up with the Contractors. He then promised to get a report from the Engineer about the matter.

Mr. Morris and Mr. Devereawx endorsed the remarks of the Opposition members and complained about the unseemly shacks which were used for stations in Placentia District.

Mr. Lloyd replied to the Colonial Secretary’s statement that he was under the impression that the station was in decent repair and wished to disabuse the mind of the Colonial Secretary that there ever had been any thing like a station at Northern Bight.

Mr. Cooker stated that the complaint referred to had been brought before the house the past three sessions and hoped that definite action would be taken this time.

Mr Winsor, Mr. Higgins and Mr. Abbott then presented petitions re roads …


Evening Telegram, May 5, 1919

Railyway Casualties During the Year

July 26 – Leo Cleary, 2 miles E Northern Bight. Hand crushed while coupling cars.


Evening Telegram, March 8, 1923

Died of Heart Failure.


A message to the Reid Newfoundland Company, received Tuesday night, stated that John Costello, a section foreman, had passed away at 6 p.m. on the 6th inst. [March 1926] Dr. Chisholm, who was summoned in attendance when the man was stricken, pronounced death due to heart failure. The deceased was from Avondale where his wife and family reside. Rev. Father Kavanagh was wired to convey the sad intelligence to the unfortunate man’s family, for whom general sympathy is felt. The body will be brought to Avondale for interment.

Evening Telegram, October 3, 1923

Train Notes.

Tuesday’s West bound express is held at Northern Bight on account of the railway run-off. There is no report of the incoming express leaving Port aux Basques on account wire trouble. There was no passenger list available up to press hour. The local Carbonear train was due to arrive at 1 o’clock

Evening Telegram, January 11, 1924

Express Delayed


The incoming express is delayed three miles west of Northern Bight since 6 o’clock this morning, owing to the snow plow attached leaving the rails. A heavy fall of snow made its appearance on this section of the road a few days ago, and with the intense frost since then the snow became very hard with the results at followed. Another snow plow has been dispatched to the scene from Clarenville. The belated train is not expected to reach the city before 9 o’clock tonight.


Western Star, January 20, 1945

New Buildings and Rolling Stock for Nfld. Railway

(Statement released by the Public Relations Officer, 11th January 1945)


Northern Bight and Clarenville

The present freight shed at Northern Bight and Clarenville will be extended to take care of increased business as the present facilities are not capable of taking care of traffic.



Transcribed by Wanda Garrett and Katie Aylward, January 2016; Updated December 2019
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