The Department of Environment and Climate Change, in co-operation with the Department of Transportation and Works and the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation (NLSF) has announced that the last remaining section of the T'Railway Provincial Park in the vicinity of Gander to Glenwood is now open. Assessments, interim repairs and grooming were undertaken by the NLSF as short-term measures to allow snowmobilers access to the T'Railway for the remainder of the 2017 season. Please note that repairs are only temporary and the T'Railway will be closed again when snow starts to melt in the spring.
An updated map of the open sections can be found at www.ecc.gov.nl.ca/parks/parks/trailway/.
The following sections of the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park in Central and Eastern Newfoundland have been re-opened for snowmobile users:
1. Between Pitt (Crusher's) Road and just west of Glenwood
2. Between Mary March Brook and just west of Jumper's Brook
3. From Notre Dame Junction to Red Fox Road.
4. Between Port Blandford and Thorburn Lake
The Department of Environment and Climate Change is also advising the public that the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation is conducting field assessments and grooming operations in other closed areas of the T'Railway. These areas remain closed.
More information can be obtained from the Department's website at www.ecc.gov.nl.ca/parks/parks/trailway/
Please be advised that a section of a branch line off of the T'Railway Provincial Park has been closed until further notice due to a washout of a bridge. The bridge is located between Buchans and Buchans Junction, approximately 15.5 kilometres west of Buchans Junction.
Officials are in the process of placing barricades and signage around the area. Snowmobilers are advised to avoid this area until further notice.
In the interest of public safety, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is maintaining a closure of portions of the T'Railway Provincial Park that suffered extensive damage as a result of the severe rainfall during the Thanksgiving weekend. The portion of the T'Railway which includes a 180 kilometre section west of Badger to Gander, and an area near Port Blandford, will remain closed to users for the 2016-17 winter season.
The Department of Environment and Climate Change has installed signage in key areas indicating the closure; however, snowmobilers and other T'Railway users are asked to be mindful of the closure as extensive washouts remain and continue to pose safety concerns, particularly in winter weather when snow can cover hazardous portions of the trail.
Users of the T'Railway Provincial Park are advised to exercise extreme caution as other areas of the trail may have been affected by severe rainfall. Work is in progress with inspection and detailed assessment currently ongoing. Further closures may be necessary and updates will be provided in the coming weeks.
To report damage, please contact the Parks and Natural Areas Division at email@example.com or by telephone at 637-2040.
The T'Railway Provincial Park closure includes the section from Port Blandford to Thorburn Lake, encompassing approximately five kilometres of trail. This is in addition to the closure of trail between Gander and Mary March Brook, approximately 45 kilometres west of Badger. These sections of the T'Railway are currently closed to all users due to recent damage caused by significant rainfall.
Users of the T'Railway Provincial Park are advised to use extreme caution as other areas of the trail may be affected.