Albany railway station, Jamaica

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Albany
Albany railway station, Saint Mary, Jamaica c1896.png
Albany railway station, Saint Mary, Jamaica c1896
Coordinates18°17′31″N 76°51′26″W / 18.291828°N 76.857176°W / 18.291828; -76.857176Coordinates: 18°17′31″N 76°51′26″W / 18.291828°N 76.857176°W / 18.291828; -76.857176
Owned byJamaica Railway Corporation
Line(s)Bog Walk to Port Antonio branch line
PlatformsSingle, double sided
TracksThree (Through, passing loop, siding)
Construction
Structure typeWooden single story
History
Opened1896[3]
Closed1978;[1] since destroyed by fire[2]
Location
Albany is located in Jamaica
Albany
Albany
Location within Jamaica

Albany railway station opened in 1896,[3] closed in 1975,[1] reopened in 1977 and closed for good in 1978. It was on the Bog Walk to Port Antonio branch line, 42.5 miles (68.4 km) from the Kingston terminus,[4] and served the surrounding agricultural community, providing a means for bananas to reach and be exported from Port Antonio. It was destroyed by fire sometime after closure.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The station was a single story wooden building with sash windows.[5] The pitched roof was extended to form a canopy over the platform on all four sides of the building.[5]

Track layout[edit]

In addition to the platform serving the through line, there was a second platform on the opposite side of the station building to provide a passing loop.[5] There was also a freight siding.[5]

Fares[edit]

In 1910 the third class fare from Albany to Kingston was 3/6 (three shillings and sixpence); first class was about double.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Satchell & Sampson 2003, p. 12
  2. ^ a b Table 3.4 Location and Condition of Railway Stations Archived 2013-03-15 at the Wayback Machine, Annual Transport Statistics Report: Jamaica in Figures 2003-2004, Ministry of Transport and Works, July 2005.
  3. ^ a b Satchell & Sampson 2003, p. 7
  4. ^ Table 3.5 Mileage for JRC Stations, Halts & Sidings in relation to the Kingston Railway Terminus Archived 2013-03-15 at the Wayback Machine, Annual Transport Statistics Report: Jamaica in Figures 2003-2004, Ministry of Transport and Works, July 2005.
  5. ^ a b c d Photo of the station.
  6. ^ 1910 Directory, Jamaican Family Search Genealogy Research Library, 2006.

External links[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Satchell, Veront M & Sampson, Cezley (2003), The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica 1845-1975, The Journal of Transport History