Kingston railway station, Jamaica

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Kingston Railway Station 2007.png
Kingston railway terminus, front elevation.
Coordinates 17°58′08″N 76°47′49″W / 17.968773°N 76.797009°W / 17.968773; -76.797009Coordinates: 17°58′08″N 76°47′49″W / 17.968773°N 76.797009°W / 17.968773; -76.797009
Owned by Jamaica Railway Corporation
Line(s) Kingston to Montego Bay main line
Spanish Town to Ewarton branch line
Bog Walk to Port Antonio branch line
May Pen to Frankfield branch line
Platforms Single platform terminus
Tracks One
Opened 1845
Closed 1992-10[1]
Kingston is located in Jamaica

Kingston railway terminus was built in the Jamaica Georgian architectural style using brick.[2] It was constructed on a grand scale, symbolising its importance as the main terminus of the Jamaica railways.[2] It has prominent arcades on both levels of the east entrance end.[2] Victorian cast iron brackets support the roof overhang on the trackside.[2] It has sash windows on the ground and upper floors.[2]

It was opened in 1845 and closed in 1992.[1] It provided rail services to Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Ewarton and Frankfield. In addition to the station and its single platform there were extensive sidings, engine sheds, engine repair works, a roundhouse, a turntable, a traverser and a connection to the nearby railway piers.[3]

One source claims it was "utterly destroyed" in the 1907 Kingston earthquake.[4] However, in 2003 it was reported as being in "very good condition" and needing only "minor repairs".[5]

It is on the list of designated National Heritage Sites in Jamaica.

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Looking out of Kingston railway terminus along the permanent way from near the buffers.


  1. ^ a b The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica, 1845-1975 - Pg18 Journal of Transport History - March 2003
  2. ^ a b c d e Kingston Railway Station, Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
  3. ^ UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:10,000 map of Kingston, Sheet 3 (19??).
  4. ^ Jamaica Earthquake 1907, Michael Rego after The Daily Telegraph, St. John, N. B., Saturday Morning, January 19, 1907.
  5. ^ Table 3.4 Location and Condition of Railway Stations, Annual Transport Statistics Report: Jamaica in Figures 2003-2004, Ministry of Transport and Works, July 2005.

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