Peel Road (Poortown)

This was the first intermediate stopping point on the north line out of St. John's and opened in June 1883, originally being named Poortwon and serving the small hamlet of that name which lies on the outskirts Peel. By 1885 it was appearing in timetables as Peel Road.  It remained a manned station as late as 1951, after which it became an unmanned request stop and the station itself closed.  It was accessed by a sloped path from the nearby road and at its northern extremity stands an overbridge carrying this road which remains in place today.  There was a low level platform which again remains in situ to this day and a grounded brake van body from E.X was placed here for use as a store room, lasting until the railway's final days of operation.  The station was still open as a request stop in the final season of 1968 after which it fell into disrepair and was destroyed by controlled fire by railway staff during the lifting in 1975.  Today the site is a footpath and the Supporters' Association are in the process of erecting a replica running in board here to denote the site as a former station.

Station Name:

Date Opened:

Date(s) Closed:

Lines Served:


From St. John's:

Current Status:

Peel Road

28th June 1883

2nd June 1952

North Line

 54.215°N 4.660°W 

1 Mile, 20 Chains

Closed & Lifted

Above: the structure at Peel Road was unique on the north line and featured an office for the station master, ladies room and general waiting room; later a lean-to was added on the northern elevation (right) and extensions to the rear; it was of timber construction with a corrugated iron roof similar to the structures on the south line but of a different style and size.  It was destroyed by controlld fire in 1975.

(Photo: I.o.M.S.R.S.A.)

Station Building

July 1969

Looking North

August 1938

Station & Platform

October 1966

From The Road Bridge

April 1967

Platform & Bridge

July 1969

Cleared Platform & Bridge

February 2020