The Railyard from the East

Railyard from the East <br> Photo courtesy of the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation

Railyard from the East
Photo Courtesy of the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC)

In an earlier time, the railyard supported all aspects of the Railway including the construction of the cars. Charlottetown’s yard contained a car shop, machine shop, a forge, an upholsterers shop, a paint shop and a brass house.

It was a major employer in the City, with jobs for all manner of professions and general labourers. Sadly, the size of the Railway was reduced with many of the jobs being sent to Moncton. Passenger travel had ceased in the 1960s and by 1989, freight was finished and the rails were empty. There are now few reminders of the railway and the huge role it played in the Province. However, the City still has three buildings that were part of the railway and we are very fortunate to be able to still travel along the rail beds that have been converted to trails.

 

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