GUEST Barbados Guide April-June 2019

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G

ney through the fields and

wooded areas, and an old

disused quarry, on its way

up to Cherry Tree Hill.

This longer journey projected

the visitor experience

- which until the

launch of the train ride

- only existed within the

plantation yard, to show

areas of the plantation

that remained hidden and

overgrown. On the return

journey the entire north of

the island overlooking the

great house can be seen.

Barbados closed its railway

system in 1937, over 80

years ago, but it remains

in the public mind through

stories passed down the

generations.

It was also decided to

purchase a steam engine

in homage to the trains of

times past.

BY AUGUST 2017,

with the help of

Tony Martin of

Cromar White

the owners of St. Nicholas

Abbey found a locomotive

that had the muscle and

adhesion to do the job.

According to Anna Warren,

“And so began our

relationship with Statfold

Barn Railway & Engineering,

which had saved the

locomotive from a sugar

plantation in Java in 2009.”

It was called Tjepper No. 5

and had been built in 1914

by Arnold Jung Lokomotivfabrik

in Germany.

She adds, it is “a powerful

articulated locomotive (to

manoeuvre tight radii) of

the ‘mallet’ design, having

four steam cylinders driving

eight wheels.”

By October 2017, the final

plans and specifications where

in hand, investors were sought

through a prospectus and the

locomotive was on order with

a scheduled 12-month restoration

period. Also ordered

where three carriages capable

of carrying 32 passengers

each, along with two diesel

locomotives to help with the

construction of the railway.

Earth works began in February

2018 and - helped by

a very dry ‘wet’ season - the

project was completed in December

2018.

The SNAHR is now fully

operational and you can book

tickets online at snahr.com/

tickets.•

GUEST BARBADOS GUIDE • April-June 2019 • Page 7

Top and middle: The train on test runs before taking its first

passengers.

Above: The crew at the platform. (Photos courtesy SNAHR.)

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