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Welcome to the Bermuda Railway Pages

Bermuda used to have a railway, and now it has a railway trail. This website will talk about both of them and, whether you are a railway buff or a Bermuda enthusiast, I think you will find something of interest.

The Bermuda Railway pages tell 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.

The Bermuda Railway Trail is the linear park that is all that remains of the old railway. It 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 70 years of growth), almost all of the old right of way is available for walking, cycling, riding and, in some sections, even roller-blading. A photo tour 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.

Please note: As far as I know, all the historical pictures on this website are out of copyright. If you see any pictures on this site that you think should not be published here, please let me know. All the Railway Trail pictures are copyright, © Simon Horn.

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My history of the Bermuda Railway has been published by the National Museum of Bermuda. Find out more.

News

Problem for new Flatts Trail bridge
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

The Royal Gazette reports that an underwater cave has been found in the path of the new Flatts Trail footbridge. Studies are underway to see if any of the planned foundations need to be moved. Find out more in the Royal Gazette article.

Former Bermuda Railway buildings available for lease
Friday, January 28th, 2022

The Bermuda government is offering five-year leases on the old Elbow Beach (aka Harmony Hall), seen above, and Riddell’s Bay station buildings. How about a Bermuda model railway shop (I wish)? Find out more in the Royal Gazette article.

Railway book reviewed in NMB MariTimes magazine
Monday, December 27th, 2021

In the latest issue of the National Museum of Bermuda’s MariTimes magazine (Vol. 34, 2021), Canadian historian Duncan McDowall reviews my book, The Bermuda Railway. The magazine is available online and the review is on page 13. 

I think McDowall has captured exactly what I was trying to do with the book, and I could not be more pleased.