Kingston railway station, Jamaica

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Kingston
Kingston Railway Station 2007.png
Kingston railway terminus, front elevation.
Coordinates17°58′08″N 76°47′49″W / 17.968773°N 76.797009°W / 17.968773; -76.797009Coordinates: 17°58′08″N 76°47′49″W / 17.968773°N 76.797009°W / 17.968773; -76.797009
Owned byJamaica Railway Corporation
Line(s)Kingston to Montego Bay main line
Spanish Town to Ewarton branch line
Bog Walk to Port Antonio branch line
May Pen to Frankfield branch line
PlatformsSingle platform terminus
TracksOne
History
Opened1845
Closed1992-10[1]
Location
Kingston is located in Jamaica
Kingston
Kingston
Location in Jamiaca

Kingston railway terminus was built in the Jamaica Georgian architectural style using brick.[2] It was constructed on a grand scale, symbolising its importance as the main terminus of the Jamaica railways.[2] It has prominent arcades on both levels of the east entrance end.[2] Victorian cast iron brackets support the roof overhang on the trackside.[2] It has sash windows on the ground and upper floors.[2]

It was opened in 1845 and closed in 1992.[1] It provided rail services to Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Ewarton and Frankfield. In addition to the station and its single platform there were extensive sidings, engine sheds, engine repair works, a roundhouse, a turntable, a traverser and a connection to the nearby railway piers.[3]

One source claims it was "utterly destroyed" in the 1907 Kingston earthquake.[4] However, in 2003 it was reported as being in "very good condition" and needing only "minor repairs".[5]

It is on the list of designated National Heritage Sites in Jamaica.[6]

Looking out of Kingston railway terminus along the permanent way from near the buffers.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The rise and fall of railways in Jamaica, 1845-1975 - Pg18 Archived 2009-04-25 at the Wayback Machine Journal of Transport History - March 2003
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kingston Railway Station". Jamaica National Heritage Trust. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  3. ^ UK Directorate of Overseas Surveys 1:10,000 map of Kingston, Sheet 3 (19??).
  4. ^ Jamaica Earthquake 1907 Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Michael Rego after The Daily Telegraph, St. John, N. B., Saturday Morning, 19 January 1907.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ http://www.jnht.com/site_kingston_railway_station.php

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