Trinidad Government Railway

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The Trinidad Government Railway existed between 1876 and 28 December 1968. Originally built to connect Port of Spain with Arima, the railway was extended to Couva in 1880, San Fernando in 1882, Cunapo (now Sangre Grande) in 1897, Tabaquite in 1898, Siparia in 1913 and Rio Claro in 1914.

Background[edit]

Railroad Map of Trinidad, 1925

The first attempt to establish a railway was a private affair in 1846 by the Trinidad Railway Company.[1]

Overview[edit]

At this, its greatest extent, the railway covered 173 km (107 mi).[2]

After the end of World War I, the appearance of the automobile led to changes that culminated with the phased closure of the railway April 1953 and 28 December 1968 saw the complete closure of the Trinidad Government Railways.

Statistics[edit]

The TGR appeared to have 640 route-km and was standard gauge (1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)).[3]

Stations[edit]

The principal stations, terminii and junctions are:

New railway[edit]

On 11 April 2008 the Trinitrain consortium was chosen to plan and build two new Trinidad Rapid Railway passenger lines.This plan was cancelled in 2010.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Public Transport Service Corporation on. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ Anthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN 0-8108-3173-2. 
  3. ^ "Railroad Gauge Width". Parovoz.com. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Trinidad rapid rail consortium confirmed". Railway Gazette International. 2008-04-11.