Day 10: Trailside Motel to Clarenville

Section of the T’Railway between the Trailside Motel and Clarenville

Distance: 25km (15.5 miles)

The T’Railway was moving away from the Trans-Canada Highway again today: we didn’t hear any traffic at all. The trail was not deserted though: we’ve seen quite a few of ATV’ers and some cars. It seems that the government is selling off plots of land along this section of the trail, at least that’s what people we met along the trail today told us.

When looking at the map, we noticed that the T’Railway takes quite a detour to reach Clarenville. We didn’t understand why at first, and left the trail at the Power Plant Road, which seemed a much shorter way into town. And it was, but also very steep at some sections, which probably explains why the railway followed a different route.

Clarenville is located just behind Random Island, which makes it a very sheltered, and mostly ice-free port. It is also the western terminal of the first transatlantic telephone cable system, TAT-1. The cable stretched east to Oban, Scotland, and westwards, it ran to Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. On September 25, 1956 the first transatlantic call was made between the British Postmaster General, the chairman of AT&T and the Canadian Minister of Transport.

Section of the T’Railway between the Trailside Motel and Clarenville
A section of the T’Railway between the Trailside Motel and Clarenville: very quiet and peaceful.
The Power Plant Road into Clarenville
The Power Plant Road into Clarenville is a lot shorter, but also a lot steeper at times!
First Transatlantic telephone cable
Plaque to commemorate the first Transatlantic telephone cable between Canada and Europe.
Cable Station Building in Clarenville
The Clarenville Cable Station, now turned into an apartment building.

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