New Trail pictures
Thanks to site visitor David Colman, the Trail Photo Tour section has a few new pictures, taken while David was visiting Bermuda this spring.
(As for Flatts Bridge news, unfortunately there is none; the project still seems stalled, and I have not been able to get any information.)
Flatts bridge apparently stalled
I recently visited Bermuda for the first time in three years. As earlier reported, the Flatts Trail bridge is still not completed and it appears to be stalled.
However, a nice new parking lot has been built at the Flatts Trail entrance, so once the bridge is finished it will be easy to get to.
Problem for new Flatts Trail bridge
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
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
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.
Trail bridge at Flatts nears completion
The Royal Gazette reports that the new Trail bridge at Flatts is nearing completion. The Friends of the Railway Trail are not willing to set an exact date, but the bridge will probably be open in January or February. Read the December 9 Gazette story.
Garden Club donation towards Flatts footbridge
The Royal Gazette reports that the Bermuda Garden Club has donated $10,000 to the Friends of the Bermuda Railway Trail to help with the new Trail bridge at Flatts. Read the November 29 Gazette story.
Flatts footbridge to be finished by October (updated)
Missed the book launch? Now you can watch it on video.
National Museum launches railway book
The National Museum of Bermuda officially launched my book, The Bermuda Railway, in an online event held the evening of May 6. The book can now be ordered from the Museum Shop or The Bookmart. Learn more.
Museum blog republishes railway article
In the run-up to the May 6 virtual book launch for my history, The Bermuda Railway, the National Museum of Bermuda blog has republished my 2012 MariTimes article on the railway. Read the blog entry.
Gazette announces railway book
The Royal Gazette has announced the publication of my history, The Bermuda Railway, and provided a link to registration for the May 6 launch. Read the story.
Progress on Flatts Trail bridge
The Royal Gazette reports that access ramps to the Flatts Trail bridge main span should be done by April or May. Read the newspaper’s report.
History of the railway published
My history of the Bermuda Railway has been published by the National Museum of Bermuda and will be available for $35 plus shipping.
New Bermuda Railway video posted
Ken Butz has added a new Bermuda Railway video to his YouTube channel. You can see it here on the Videos page.
Questions form now works
My apologies to anyone who tried to submit a question or comment. The Questions form has now been fixed.
Bermuda Railway Pages site updated
At long last I have updated this website. It is now responsive, which means it can be viewed on all types of devices, and is compliant with today’s standard privacy rules. It also has a lot more content, about both the railway and the Railway Trail.
I am still dealing with a few errors, and if you see anything that doesn’t work for you, please let me know using the Questions? form.
Bored at home?
Try an online jigsaw puzzle on the National Museum of Bermuda website. They even have one showing the Bermuda Railway in the Hall of History mural.
Flatts Trail footbridge main span installed
Bernews reports that the main span of the Trail footbridge across Flatts Inlet has been installed. See pictures and a video on the Bernews site.
Please note that the bridge is incomplete and will be closed to the public until it is officially opened sometime next spring.
Flatts Trail footbridge getting close
A story in Bernews warns that marine traffic into Flatts Inlet will be restricted on Monday, Dec, 14 as the main span of the Flatts Railway Trail footbridge is moved into place. Yay! Getting close!
Bailey’s Bay Trail section reopened
A section of the Railway Trail near Bailey’s Bay that was closed for repairs was reopened in early November. A crumbling cliff face has been stabilized with a retaining wall.
See the story on the Royal Gazette website.
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.
Today in Bermuda Railway History
“Railway Passenger Injured by Missile Throwers”
This was the headline in the October 4, 1932 issue of the Royal Gazette. Police were “seeking miscreants” after stones were thrown through a train’s windows as it was leaving Pond Hill station on its way to Hamilton.
A piece of flying glass injured a passenger.
There is no indication that said miscreants were ever caught, but this was just one of several sabotage incidents that affected the railway in 1932. Before long, however, the sabotage problem seems to have faded away.
Trail closed for repairs near Bailey’s Bay
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.
- New Trail pictures
- Flatts bridge apparently stalled
- Problem for new Flatts Trail bridge
- Former Bermuda Railway buildings available for lease
- Railway book reviewed in NMB MariTimes magazine
- Trail bridge at Flatts nears completion
- Garden Club donation towards Flatts footbridge
- Flatts footbridge to be finished by October (updated)
- Missed the book launch? Now you can watch it on video.
- National Museum launches railway book
- Museum blog republishes railway article
- Gazette announces railway book
- Progress on Flatts Trail bridge
- History of the railway published
- New Bermuda Railway video posted
- Questions form now works
- Bermuda Railway Pages site updated
- Bored at home?
- Flatts Trail footbridge main span installed
- Flatts Trail footbridge getting close
- Bailey’s Bay Trail section reopened
- Travel to Bermuda during Covid-19
- Today in Bermuda Railway History
- Trail closed for repairs near Bailey’s Bay
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