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Published on Feb 26, 2011
The Railway at Usine Sainte Madeleine once hauled sugar cane from the fields to the mill, or "factory" as they are locally known. This system once operated a vast area of standard gauge lines across the southern part of Trinidad and was at one time of greater track mileage than that of the Government Railway. The region, locally known as the Naparimas, was where Railways in Trinidad began as far back as 1839. The very first railway was the Cipero Tramway built by a Scottish Planter named William Eccles between San Fernando and the Cipero river loading point (Known as "Embarcadere"). And that was how Trinidad's Railways originated, primarily for cane haulage, a full thirty-seven years before the coming of the Trinidad Government Railway (TGR) in 1876 and ending thirty years after the TGR was abandoned in 1968. This is mostly a collections of moving images, taken during the final operating years of the very last railway in Trinidad. This railway at Usine Sainte Madeleine ended in the same place where railways began, performing the very same task for which they were originally built so many years ago. In this short presentation, I provide a snapshot of the period following total abandonment of the last railways in Trinidad. The opening scene of Hunslet locomotive D10, heading towards Usine Sainte Madeleine, provides a representation of what really happened on the very last movement. D10 made its historic last run from the field to the loco shed on May 15th 1998. Please leave your feedback and I hope that you enjoy this brief glimpse into the past.