May Pen to Frankfield railway
May Pen to
During the 1911 general election railway extension was a prominent issue, and in March the Colonial Secretary introduced into the Legislature a resolution authorising the expenditure of £90,000 on the construction of a branch line from May Pen to Danks, beyond Chapelton in upper Clarendon. "After an animated discussion the resolution was carried by 19 votes to 5. The new line will open up the fertile valley of the Rio Minho... It is hoped that ultimately the line will be driven forward to the still more fertile district of Ulster Spring in Upper Trelawny and then on to Falmouth, the seaport on the north side of the island, whose former prosperity would thereby be restored." Due to the Great War and the economic situation in the Twenties this long-term aim was never accomplished.
Construction, operation and closure
The 9¼ mile extension to Frankfield was added in 1925. It required the bridging of twelve rivers, which must have been a significant contribution to the twelve year construction hiatus.
The line closed in 1974.
The line climbed 650 feet in 18½ miles (average gradient 1 in 150) from May Pen (239 feet) to its summit at Crooked River (889 feet) then continued for 3¾ miles more or less on the level to Frankfield (908 feet).
Stations and Halts
Notes and references
- The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica 1845-1975 page 7, Veront M Satchell & Cezley Sampson, The Journal of Transport History, March 2003.
- Official handbook on the BWI, 1912.
- B097 Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, BWISC Bulletin 1978-06, Jamaica Railway Markings, Major T W Jefferson.
- The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica 1845-1975 page 13, Veront M Satchell & Cezley Sampson, The Journal of Transport History, March 2003.
- Directory of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Jamaica: May Pen, Falling Rain Genomics.
- UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:50,000 map of Jamaica Sheets G & H, 1973.
- Directory of Cities, Towns, and Regions in Jamaica: Frankfield, Falling Rain Genomics.
- Annual Transport Statistics Report: Jamaica in Figures 2003-2004 Archived 2013-03-15 at the Wayback Machine, Ministry of Transport and Works, July 2005.
- Google satellite image resolution is at present insufficient to show this station/bridge.
- Bridge lengths were obtained using Wikimapia's GeoTools.