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Trinidad Government Railways no.11 at San Fernando
Trinidad Government Railways no.11, a 4-4-0T built in 1894 by Kitson in Leeds, England, on static display at San Fernando.
Since this photograph was taken, it has been repainted in Trinidad Government Railways green livery.

The only railways in the island group were on the main island of Trinidad. The very first line was a horse drawn tramway from Princes Town to San Fernando, opened in 1859. The first railway proper opened between Port of Spain and Arima, a distance of about 16 miles (25 km), in 1876. It was constructed to standard (1435mm) gauge, as were subsequent railways on the island.

As with most Caribbean islands, the railways served the sugar cane industry, but in the case of Trinidad they also served the island’s unique asphalt extraction industry. By the end of the 19th century, the railway network extended to some 150 miles (240km). However, by the mid-20th century the railways were in decline; the last remaining line closed in 1968. A couple of steam locomotives remain on static exhibit in Port of Spain and San Fernando, and the former Port of Spain railway station building is now the headquarters of the state-owned bus operator PTSC. Several diesel locomotives and a few wagons are on static display at the Sugar Heritage Village and Museum, Brechin Castle.

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