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Memories Of The Newfie Bullet (Michael T Wall)
See also: Ode To The Newfie Bullet (Saturley/Wall)
And also: Lost Ties (Susan Lawrence)

'Twas in eighteen eighty-one
when the railway first began,
Giving service right across
the isle of Newfoundland;
Construction moved so slowly
as they built this narrow rail,
But the story of the Bullet
is an interesting tale.

Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
rolling slowly down the line,
Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
etched forever on my mind.

On her maiden voyage now,
June of eighteen ninety-eight,
From St John's she started out
with passengers and freight;
As she went chugging down the line,
the trip was a success,
Twenty-seven hours later
she rolled into Port aux Basques.

Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
rolling slowly down the line,
Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
etched forever on my mind.

Meals served in the dining car
were all of the highest class,
Tables dressed in snow white cloths,
real china and real glass;
Conductors, porters, engineers,
the cooks and stewards, too,
Tried their very best to make it
an experience for you.

Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
rolling slowly down the line,
Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
etched forever on my mind.

Now those who rode the Bullet,
they could view the scenery,
Travelling across this isle
was simple luxury;
And folks admired the Bullet now
when she was in her prime,
You could set your watch for
she was always right on time.

Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
rolling slowly down the line,
Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
etched forever on my mind.

There's few that know the Caribou
was her official name,
Most will fondly think of her as
the Newfie Bullet train;
You know she served this province
for one hundred seven years,
Now our memories of the Bullet
bring a few nostalgic tears.

Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
rolling slowly down the line,
Mem'ries of the Newfie Bullet,
etched forever on my mind.

####.... Fay Herridge / Michael T Wall 1998. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
See more songs by Michael T Wall.

From The Canadian Encyclopedia:
Newfie Bullet - affectionate but ironic name informally applied to the transinsular Newfoundland passenger railway in its latter days. A narrow-gauge train, winding 900 km around lakes and mountains from St John's to Channel-Port aux Basques (track completed in 1898), the Newfie Bullet was not noted for its speed. In the late 1960s the Canadian National Railway (CNR) replaced the subsidized passenger service with a bus service.



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