We are seeking support for our efforts to restore a major breach in the continuity of the T'Railway Provincial Park in the community of Terra Nova. In November, an engineering assessment revealed potentially serious deterioration of several support piers and as a result, the bridge was closed because of safety concerns. Since that time, we have been trying hard to raise our 10% contribution towards the estimated repair cost of $650,000.
The closure has not only disrupted continuity of the T'Railway between St. John's and Port aux Basques, it has also caused a ... More »...number of ATV Tours originating from the mainland to be cancelled. This comes at a time when any reduction in tourism revenue will have negative impacts on the accommodation and services sector as well as the province in general. If repairs aren't completed this year, the snowmobile sector will be similarly affected.
That is why we are asking stakeholders and T'Railway users to support our efforts. For tax deductible donations to our Terra Nova Bridge fund, please make your cheque payable to the Newfoundland T'Railway Charitable Organization. If online donati... « Back | More »...ons are more convenient, please contact our fundraising partner, the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation at nlsf.org. No donation is too small...or too large.« Back
The Terra Nova Bridge (Town of Terra Nova) has been closed to all users until further notice. While being redecked in November, an unrelated structural problem was discovered which necessitated the closure.
For the past 20 years, the Newfoundland T'Railway Council and our provincial government have worked hard to make the T'Railway Provincial Park a safe and enjoyable trail for its many users. We have upgraded trail surfaces, decked and railed most of our 132 bridges, cut brush, replaced and cleared hundreds of culverts, fixed washed out areas and spent millions of dollars repairing damage caused by storms and just everyday use. For an 883 km (526 miles) trail, the work never ends.
All of this work has been accomplished utilizing government funding of one form or another... More »... or occasional donations from towns, the business sector and individuals. It is not nearly enough to tackle the huge and recurring challenges we face each year.
We have heard from many trail users about this very situation and some of you have indicated a willingness to help and have even made donations to support our work. Quite a few ATVers have also been surprised to hear that we do not charge fees for users of motorized vehicles on the trail as the provincial snowmobile federation does to help maintain its network of winter trails. We have attempted to maintain the T'... « Back | More »...;Railway within existing maintenance budgets but that is becoming more and more difficult each year as trail use increases, putting increasing stress on infrastructure and budgets alike.
We are reluctant to impose fees of any kind so we are asking T'Railway users to help with a tax deductible voluntary donation of $50 per ATV or $500 for organized tour groups. All funds raised will go directly towards T'Railway improvements so we can continue to provide a safe and enjoyable experience to the extent possible. The more we raise, the better our tail will be. Just send ... « Back | More »...your cheque made payable to the Newfoundland T'Railway Charitable Organization, P. O. Box 306, Gander, NL, A1V 1W7. Please include your name and address for receipting purposes. Thank you for supporting the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park.« Back