Welcome too the community of Portugal cove south,just about 2.5klms from Trepassy,this small community owns one of the avalon's
oldest surviving concrete highway bridge,dated back too 1928,sits about .5klm from where the new bridge now sits,this old
bridge can be seen from the new highway bridge just as you go down the hill,you can still drive right up too the old bridge
if you drive carefully.
-- DO NOT DRIVE OVER THIS BRIDGE,UNSAFE --
Here sits an old railway Bridge,seems the railbed here has been commpletly washed away,most likely from a major storm from
the wild north Atlantic many years ago,the railway runs too the right across the barrens,you can still walk this section,once
you get too the other side of the river.
Just as you drive across the beach,keep too your left,as you drive up a little laneway you well see a gravel road on your
left that 3 or 4 homes are built,if you drive up too the last home,Yellow in color,park next next too it and walk in the laneway,which
is the remains of the Reid Newfoundland Railway.
Here you see remains of the very old corduroy road that the original railbed was built on top of,remains of rail nuts
and bolts,and yes even spikes if you look closely enough,and this area also still shows remains of the old telegraph line
that once followed this railway all the way from St.johns,remains of broken green insulators are littered around this telegragh
Walk along this railbed too the top of the hill,and you can see the Green water tank in the community of Trepassy.
Here we see a perfect example of old corduroy road left too the elements,this has too be dated back further then the railway,because
this had to be laid first then ballest on top of this,and finally the railway track.
An old Broken glass telegraph insulator.
Here we see what you might think is just a pile for rocks piled up in the bog,but if you look closely,you well find broken
glass telegraph insulators,these piles of rock,is the where the poles once stood.
- DONT WALK OUT TO THE POLES,BOG HAS BEEN KNOWN TO BE 10-15 FEET DEEP. -
Here at the top of the ridge,we see the Green water holding tank for the community of Trepassy,our final stop,and the end
of the line,for the southern shore st.johns too Trepassy Reid Newfoundland Railway branch line.