Monday, October 31, 2016

What is the Newfoundland T'Railway?

Welcome to the Crossing Newfoundland by ATV Blog where you'll learn how to do this trip without a guide. Everything you need to know is here - be sure to check back often as I update regularly. 

You may also find handy information and discussions on my FACEBOOK page. There are dozens of NL videos on my EastCoastATV YouTube channel as well.

ATV TRIP OF A LIFETIME
The T'Railway is probably the most unique 883 kilometers of ATV trail anywhere and it spans one of the most scenic provinces in Canada. 
The Newfoundland ATV Trip packs in enough scenery to impress even the most enthusiastic ATV adventure seekers. Cliff-side ocean views, mountains, flat lands, rivers, lakes, beaches, waterfalls and wildlife are some of what you can expect to see in one week from coast to coast.  If you enjoy ATV riding, beautiful scenery and friendly people... this trip is for you! 

There are 14 pages on this site, five of which are photos and videos from different trips I've done. Further down this page is an overview of what is contained in the blog. Read through it to get an idea of what posts might help you most. If you've never done this trip before, you'll probably just want to read them all. Don't forget to check out our amazing pictures and videos!



Why I Made The Blog
After hearing it was possible to cross NL by ATV I scoured the Internet looking for information but I couldn't find anything. So, friends and I did the trip on our own and winged it. Since then, I've done the trip several times.

I documented everything I learned and posted it on this blog so others could enjoy it. I'm glad to learn that many people have completed the trip because they found this information.  

My main goal was to help people do this trip without a guide. Even if you do use a guide, this site will give you a good idea of what you can expect to see. If you like what you see, tell your friends. Thanks!


A bit of trail history:
In 1988 the train stopped running, the tracks were removed the trail was essentially abandoned. In 1997 the scenic trail was re-purposed and renamed The T'Railway Provincial Park. Thousands of ATV enthusiasts across Canada and the USA have visited the trail and some return annually, like me! I've done it seven times now and will be back this September for trip #8!



 




GPS Tracks
This GPS track covers all the different trips I've done from 2013 until 2016. 
All together in one file

First Time on the Blog?
At the top right side of every page are links to each blog post. Here is a breakdown:

Should you take a tour guide 
A guided tour or do it yourself? Read my thoughts.
where to leave your car/truck and trailer before getting on the ferry
-where to find the trail when getting off either the Argentia or Port Aux Basques ferries
-how to get around the 32 km gap in the trail between Pasadena and Corner Brook 
and answers to 20 other frequently asked questions
You'll ride up to 1000 or more km in a week. Prepare.
Camping or Motels? Either way I'll tell you what you many want to take.
Pictures & Videos
Just looking at the pictures and videos from 2011 - 2016 will make you want to do the trip! 
Helpful details you'll want to know for each day of the trip.
Simple steps to get you started on planning your trip!

2013 Photos and Videos Get a feel for the trail with pictures and videos. There are also links to downloadable GPS tracks from the 2013 trip for each day and daily outlines showing distances traveled, costs, duration etc.

Trailway official website 
The T'Railway Provincial Park official website. Look for the handy kilometer guide, print a copy and take it with you.  

What do I need to legally travel the trail?
You have to wear a helmet, be insured, and have current vehicle plates and registration in your home area. Also, Newfoundland Law requires you to have a fire extinguisher. One per group is probably fine.

Overall Trip Map (click to open in a larger window and shown below)
This is an invaluable tool! I use it all the time as a reference. You can click on each track and each picture and information will popup in a window.
Zoom in to the start of the trail on the East Coast and follow the trail as it works it way West. You'll see where we stop for gas, motels, camping, food and more. You can click on any of the icons for more information.





10 comments:

  1. Thanks for information about the ATV trail! I can barely find any information about it elsewhere!

    Greg

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    1. You're welcome. I hope it helps you out.

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  2. Great trip log. Great photos. I have been wanting to do this trip for some time now. I am wondering if you have any thoughts about how this might go on a KLR 650 dual sport instead of a quad runner.?

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    1. I think you can do it. Check out this site, you may find it helpful.
      http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:off-road-on-the-rock&catid=1

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  3. did you use the Buchans trail thats in orange, using ATV/UTV?

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    1. I have not personally. I know a person that used that trail about two weeks ago and they sent me the GPS track. I just recently added to to the map.

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  4. hi there,
    just trying to get your full trip GPX file to load into Garmin Basecamp but cant figure it out.
    any suggestions. thanks
    Terry

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    1. I think the easiest way is to drag and drop it from whatever folder you have the gps stored in.

      You could also create a new folder in BaseCamp. Click that folder to select it and then click File>Import into folder.

      Try that. See if it works.

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  5. So I got your 2013 route up but it doesn't show all the stops you made. ie food and stuff..still great info.
    I was wondering if you have the GPX file from your trip this past summer. would like the track to the plane and your route upto woody point area and how you go through Corner Brook...
    great info and thanks.

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  6. Everything you want to see is on the Google Map that is on this site. Click the "Overall Trip Map" link to open it. You can zoom in very close to each icon and click on each one for more information. Email me at patrickryan57@hotmail.com and I can send you the GPS track.

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