Bermuda Railway Facebook group

I just discovered that there is a Bermuda Railway group on Facebook. (I’m embarrassed that I didn’t look for this before.)

So if you are interested, you can join here:


Bermuda Railway freight motors discovered in Guyana

Bermuda Railway freight motors #30 and 31 have apparently been discovered in Guyana, being used for storage.
UPDATE: A July 14 article by Simon Jones in the Royal Gazette, Bermuda carriages found in Guyana, has also reported on the find.


Remnants of railway found under Hamilton street

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.

A second story, A reminder of how Bermudian life used to be, gives further background on the railway. Thanks to Sun journalist Simon Jones for contacting me about the find.


Railway presentation online

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 talking about the railway.

Although presentations with no presenter are a bit strange, you can see my presentation online.


Presentation about the railway in Bermuda, May 20

I will be in Bermuda later this month to give a talk about Tourism and the Bermuda Railway as part of Bermuda’s annual Heritage Month events. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Hospitality through the Ages”.

I’ll be speaking at 4 p.m. on May 20 at #6 Passenger Terminal on Front Street (commonly known as #6 Shed). If you are in Bermuda, why don’t you drop in?

Another island railway, in the Baltic

A steam-hauled, metre-gauge system, the first line opened from Ronne to Nexo in 1900. Lines were completed to Sandvig in 1913, and Gudhjem in 1916. The system eventually became part of Danish State Railways (DSB) and was gradually closed between 1952 and 1968.

The top picture shows picture shows Aakirkeby Station, in the centre of the island. The bottom shows the station in Ronne, the largest town, from the air sometime before the railway closed in 1968.

Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea south of Skane in Sweden. It is a traditional summer resort for Danes and other Europeans, and it is easy to reach by train or bus through Sweden to the ferry at Ystad. The old railway right of way has generally been turned into walking and cycling paths.

If you read Danish, or can use Google Translate, check out this website: http://www.den-metersporede.dk

1935 home movie of Bermuda

Train of Front Street, 1934
Another film of Bermuda in the ’30s, with a good sequence of the railway.


1930s Bermuda movie

What was Bermuda like in the 1930s? Take a look at this video from YouTube, including footage of the railway...

Japanese pictures of Old Bermuda?

Okinawa Soba's photos
Thanks to Okinawa Soba’s Flickr photostream, I have some more Bermuda Railway pictures for you. Take a look.

Riddell's Bay, Riddle's Bay, Riddel's Bay...

Riddell's Bay station sign
Editorial decision alert! It’s going to be Riddell’s Bay from now on.

I have gone back and forth on this pressing issue (!) several times. What is the correct spelling of Riddell’s Bay? The photo was taken in the 1930’s when the railway was still there, so I’ve decided it is indisputable, even if the sign is cut off.


Traces of the railway

Railway Terrace sign
Even in Hamilton a few signs of the railway remain. Railway Terrace is a short street that now runs alongside Palmetto Road on its way out to the North Shore Road.


Updated Railway and Trail FAQs

Both the Railway and Trail FAQs have new questions answered. What happened to the railway equipment after the Bermuda Railway closed? explains how the Railway was sold lock, stock and barrel to British Guiana in 1948, while How safe is the Railway Trail? discusses an important consideration for visitors.

Did the railway have steam engines?

People often think the Bermuda Railway had steam trains, but it didn’t. Find out what it used for motive power in the Railway FAQ.