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Central section in suitable condition for riding, says enthusiast

Snowmobiling - file photo
Snowmobiling - file photo - FILE

CENTRAL, N.L.

After the Bishop’s Falls to Norris Arm section of the Newfoundland T’railway reopened, Nov. 7, The Central Voice decided to reach out and see how the old Newfoundland railway trail has been holding up.

The area was closed in late July due to the removal and replacement of the bridge by the Department of Transportation and Works.

In central Newfoundland, at least, riders appear content with the current riding conditions.

Joe Alteen retired from the Armed Forces earlier this year and after returning home to Grand Falls-Windsor he started exploring the area via the T’railway.

He has even created the Facebook group–Central Newfoundland ATV/SSVs–to reach out to the fellow enthusiasts and take part in central excursions.

“I rode between Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander (Nov. 8), there are spots that need a little bit of patch work,” Alteen said. “A few weeks ago there was a washout near Lewisporte, that has since been fixed.

“All-in-all it’s in pretty good shape.”

T’Railway president Jamie Warren said Alteen’s take on the T’railway appears to be the general consensus for central Newfoundland.

“I haven’t heard anything to say it’s (in) bad shape,” Warren said, adding, that’s a positive sign. “The fact that we aren’t hearing anything leads us to believe it is in decent shape.

“Those who use the T’Railway are passionate about riding and people usually call us if a section is out or no longer useable.”

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