There was a proposal in 1845 to build a railway from Bridgetown to Speightstown in St. Peter. However, that project was abandoned in 1850 because of lack of funding. Another proposal emerged in 1873 and this led in 1877 to the commencement of the construction of the line from Bridgetown to Belleplaine in St. Andrew.

Source: Horseford, J. (2004). The Barbados Railway (2nd ed), Paul Carchpole Ltd., Teath, Cornwall, England

A brief history of the Barbados Railway

1881 – Railway from Bridgetown to Carrington was officially opened

1883 – Extension to Belleplaine in St. Andrew

1892 – East Coast line was deteriorating

1905 – Crane branch constructed

1915 – Barbados Government agrees to purchase the line

1934 – Passenger traffic ceased

1937 – All traffic ceased

1938 – Physical assets disposed of (cars and rails)

The Barbados Trailway Project: 21st Century Transformation of a Colonial Era Railway in the Caribbean

presented by Dr. Tara Innis on 24 November 2023 and part of the 'Railways across the Commonwealth' lecture series

by the Commonwealth Heritage Forum

Enjoy below 9 minute narrative and video from a trip on the St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway