Hamilton street workers recently found remnants of the Bermuda Railway under Par-La-Ville Road while working on water pipes. Remains included pieces of railway ties and a spike. You can read the whole story in the Bermuda Sun.
My May presentation on “Tourism and the Bermuda Railway” went well. About 50 people showed up, both young and old, and a good few could just remember the trains or had heard parents taking about the railway.
Bermuda used to have a railway, and now it has a railway trail. This website will introduce both of them and, whether you are a railway buff or a Bermuda enthusiast, I think you will find something of interest.
Then: the Bermuda Railway tells the story of the 22-mile-long railway that served Bermuda from 1931 to 1948. This section explains how Bermuda entered the modern era with a railway, rather than road transportation, and why the railway only survived for the remarkably short period of 17 years. It describes the Bermuda Railway’s passenger and freight operations, and its rolling stock. A tour of the line presents pictures of the line in its heyday. An FAQ tries to answer your questions.
Now: the Bermuda Railway Trail presents the linear park that is all that remains of the old railway. The Trail provides Bermudians and visitors alike with a wonderful, alternative way to see Bermuda. Outside the City of Hamilton (where signs of the railway have disappeared under more than 50 years of growth), almost all of the old right of way is available for walking, cycling, riding and, in some sections, even roller-blading. This section of the site remains to be completed but will eventually describe the Trail, its various sections and how to reach them, and the sights and amenities found nearby. A photo tour will gives you an idea of what to expect, and an FAQ will answer specific questions.
Welcome to the site. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. If you have never seen Bermuda, I hope it encourages you to visit. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send them along.