Rain forces wedding plans off-track

Brodie Thomas
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Erica White gave new meaning to the term “bridal train” at her July 5th wedding.

The wedding party inside the postal train car at the Port aux Basques train site (from left) George Short, who conducted the ceremony) bride and groom Erica and Daniel White and ringbearer Ethan Ingram, Erica’s son. — Photo courtesy of Velda Tapp

She and her groom, Daniel White, were supposed to be wed in the gazebo at Memorial Park off Grand Bay Road in Port aux Basques.

But as the big day was approaching, it became clear that post-tropical storm Arthur was going to put a damper on things.

“My mother asked me if I’d rather get married at the Lions Club or the train site,” said Erica, “but I didn’t know she meant the train itself.”

The Railway Heritage Museum, known as the train site, has artifacts, along with several cars and an engine from the now defunct Newfoundland Railway.

Erica’s mother, Julie Ingram, contacted Natashua Osmond with the Port aux Basques and Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber manages the museum.

After a few calls, Osmond got the OK to let the family use the recently restored postal car as the venue for the wedding.

Wide open and with hardwood floors, when the train was running bags of mail would’ve been piled high and sorted for each stop.

On July 5, the guests waited in the museum building until the last possible moment, since once everyone piled into the car, the humidity ramped up.

Erica’s father walked her down the aisle. She said it was a bit tricky climbing aboard a train car in a wedding dress, but there were several helping hands.

George Short of Port aux Basques officiated, and kept the service short because of the muggy temperatures.

Rain prevented them from having an outdoor photo-shoot, but the photographer was able to work with the surroundings.

“We got some very, very nice photos,” said Erica. “It was a nice atmosphere.”

The chamber of commerce is happy about the resulting publicity, and Osmond said the idea of a train wedding is catching on.

“After that wedding was over, there was another wedding party that came and took some photos — I guess people saw the photos on Facebook and it’s drawing people to our museum and our gift shop.”

Osmond suspects many locals have never visited the museum, and she hopes more will stop in now to see the newly restored train cars.


The Gulf News

Organizations: Lions Club, Railway Heritage Museum, Area Chamber of Commerce Gulf News

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Memorial Park, Grand Bay Road Port aux Basques.But

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