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.

My history of the Bermuda Railway to be published in 2020

The National Museum of Bermuda announced in the Winter 2019 edition of MARITimes magazine that The Bermuda Railway, my history of the old railway, will be published this year. The Museum is also offering the opportunity to subscribe to the book in advance.

You can
view all issues of MARITimes on the Museum website.
  • My history of the Bermuda Railway is to be published by the National Museum of Bermuda in 2020.

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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.

Travel to Bermuda during Covid-19

International travel during the current pandemic is generally very restricted. Bermuda does allow in visitors, but there are clear guidelines to follow. Please take a look at the Bermuda government pandemic information page for travellers to find out more.

Trail closed for repairs near Bailey’s Bay

Trail closure near Bailey’s Bay. (Photo by David Colman.)
The Railway Trail is closed until sometime in May for repairs between the Bailey’s Bay bridge and the next new footbridge further west, as shown here. See the story on the Royal Gazette website. Thanks to David Colman for the picture.
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.