Montego Bay railway station

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Montego Bay
Montego Bay railway station c1905.jpg
Montego Bay railway station c1905
Coordinates 18°28′07″N 77°55′19″W / 18.468583°N 77.922029°W / 18.468583; -77.922029Coordinates: 18°28′07″N 77°55′19″W / 18.468583°N 77.922029°W / 18.468583; -77.922029
Owned by Jamaica Railway Corporation
Line(s) Kingston to Montego Bay main line
Platforms One
Tracks Single with sidings and branches to piers, works, sheds, etc.[1]
History
Opened c1894
Closed 1992-10[2]
Location
Montego Bay is located in Jamaica
Montego Bay
Montego Bay

Montego Bay railway station opened in 1894 and closed in 1992 when all passenger services in Jamaica abruptly ceased.[2] It served the Kingston to Montego Bay main line with branches from May pen to Frankfield, Spanish Town to Ewarton, Bog Walk to Port Antonio and Linstead to New Works. It was 112.75 miles (181.45 km) from the Kingston terminus.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The station was a simple two story[4] timber building with a gable end zinc roof partially supported by timber posts with finger-like timber brackets.[5] Solid recessed panel doors and sash windows were used throughout the building.[5]

In 2003 it was reported as being in "deplorable condition" and "in need of major repairs".[6]

Track layout[edit]

In addition to the station with its single platform there were freight sidings, an engine shed, two short branch lines to piers and (almost certainly) a turn table.[1]

Fares[edit]

In 1910 the third class fare from Montego Bay to Kingston was 8/- (eight shillings); first class was about double.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Road map of Jamaica, Montego Bay insert, Texaco, 1972.
  2. ^ a b The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica, 1845-1975 - Pg18 Journal of Transport History - March 2003.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ File:Montego Bay railway station c1905.jpg
  5. ^ a b Montego Bay Railway Station Archived 2009-09-08 at the Wayback Machine., Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 1910 Directory, Jamaican Family Search Genealogy Research Library, 2006.

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