Trinidad Government Railway
- Trinidad Government Railway
The Trinidad Government Railway existed between 1876 and December 28 1968. Originally built to connect Port of Spain with Arima, the railway was extended to Couva in 1880, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago in 1882, Cunapo (now Sangre Grande) in 1897, Tabaquite in 1898, Siparia in 1913 and Rio Claro in 1914.
The first attempt to establish a railway was a private affair in 1846 by the Trinidad Railway Company. [ http://www.ptsc.co.tt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=58 ]
At this, its greatest extent, the railway covered 173 km (109 miles). [cite book | author=Anthony, Michael | title=Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago | publisher=Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London | year=2001 |id=ISBN 0-8108-3173-2]
After the end of World War I, the appearance of the automobile led to changes that culminated with the phased closure of the railway April 1953 and December 1968.
The TGR was standard gauge (railgauge|1435) and appeared to have 640 route-km. [ http://www.parovoz.com/spravka/gauges-en.php ] However this gauge is a mismatch with the type of coupling in the picture which suggests a narrow gauge.
On April 11 2008 the Trinitrain consortium was chosen to plan and build two new Trinidad Rapid Railway passenger lines. [cite news | work=Railway Gazette International | date=2008-04-11 | url=http://www.railwaygazette.com/news_view/article/2008/04/8364/trinidad_rapid_rail_consortium_confirmed.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=83&cHash=cdf5461278 | title=Trinidad rapid rail consortium confirmed |]
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