Bermuda Train Trolley Tours
Don't confuse this with a ride on a Bermuda railways train which doesn't even exist. This is a trolley car ride, that looks like a train having wheels and runs on road. It gives an opportunity to experience the era of British empire in an old fashion way. If you want to know why there is no Railways in Bermuda today and what happened to it, check out Bermuda Railway Trail.
Separate train tours operate in different parts of Bermuda. The St George train tour is operated by the company Olde Towne Railway, a business established by the Minors family of Bermuda. It's in operation since 2005. The Train trolley rides in Dockyard and Hamilton are operated by the Bermuda Train Company. The tours are usually of about 60 minutes duration and provide narratives of historical facts of various places that you pass by. The tours are usually available from April through November. The train accommodates about 40 passengers.
Train Trolley Tour in St George Bermuda
As you come out of the ferry terminal in St George and walk towards the town center Kings Square, you will see signs for "Train Tickets". The ride takes you along the narrow streets of the historic town of St George, then takes the uphill road past the famous Fort St Catherine, goes past the beautiful Tobacco Bay Beach, and then comes downhill passing the Unfinished Church.
Some of the other attractions covered in the tour are:
1) St Peter's Church: The oldest Anglican church in the western hemisphere.
2) Town Hall: Built in 1782, this is where the mayor and the town council meet to discuss and take administrative decisions.
3) Old State House: This is the oldest stone building in the island built in 1620. This is where the cabinet sessions were held until 1815 after which the capital of Bermuda was shifted to Hamilton.
4) Somer's Garden: This garden with flowers and trees is named after Admiral Sir George Somers who initiated the first settlement in Bermuda.
You can board the train near the sculpture of Sir George Somers. The ride is for about 60 minutes. There is audio narration all through (by the conductor) and you will learn a lot about Bermuda's history, fortifications in St George and the British settlement in the island. At the end of the tour, you will get to understand why St George has been accorded the status of 'World Heritage Site' by UNESCO.
Tickets: $25 per adult and $12 for children (available at Kings Square, St George)
Hours: The train trolley tour in St George operates from Monday through Thursday.
You can also book the trolley for private parties and occasions.
Contacts for Booking & Inquiry
Olde Towne Railway
Office: 7 Bridge Street, St George, Bermuda
Update July 2013: The ticket counter location has changed and you can now pick up tickets at Kings Square, St George.
Train Trolley tour in Dockyard, Bermuda
A red & green train is offered for excursions in and around the Dockyard. The train goes out of dockyard complex and returns. The ttrain trolley tour usually starts from the Heritage Wharf cruise pier area. Sites covered in this tour includes:
1) Pass by the Maritime Museum (now the National Museum of Bermuda) and also the Clock Tower Mall that has an array of boutique shops.
2) Lagoon Park in Sandys: A home to yellow-crowned night herons that roost in the mangroves.
3) The Royal Naval Cemetery and Yellow Fever Burial Ground.
4) The Clock Tower Building: It was built in 1875 and initially contained the naval store offices. Today it's a shopping mall with a wide range of boutique stores.
As you sit back and relax, there is a running audio commentary that tells you about the old Royal Naval Hospital and how it dealt with the yellow fever epidemic, how the Royal Navy purchased the dockyard in 1809, and about the island's largest fort The Keep which is located in the dockyard complex.
There is also a 20 minute free loop offered in a train trolley within the dockyard that starts from the Kings wharf cruise terminal and comes back. You can hop-on and hop-of at several points within the dockyard complex.
Contacts for Booking & Inquiry
You can book the dockyard train trolley tour from the Tour Booth at the dockyard (I.e. the booth of Island Tour Center). Alternatively, you can fill up a booking form online through the website of Bermuda Train Company. Once they confirm the tour, you can make the payment before the train trolley tour starts.
Phone: (441) 236-3130; Email: email@example.com
Train Trolley tour of Hamilton, Bermuda
Sites covered include:
1) City Hall: It houses City Hall Theatre, Corporation of Bermuda, National Gallery, and also Society of Arts.
2) Perot's Post Office: This is where the first Post Master General of Bermuda worked who often hand delivered the mails himself.
3) Bermuda Cathedral: Most Holy Trinity Church that has been built on Gothic architecture.
4) Session House: Home of Bermuda House of Assembly and Supreme Court.
5) Botanical Gardens: Look out for the beautiful flowers, banana patches, the rubber tree and Bermuda’s own cedars and palmetto.
There is a running audio commentary given during the tour. As you pass by various landmarks and attractions, you will learn many things including about Fort Hamilton and its panoramic views, the way Bermudians catch and preserve water, build their roofs and why they keep them white.
For the Hamilton Tour, the passengers are picked up at the Flagpole on Front Street.
Bermuda Train Company also offers the mini train for special events like weddings, anniversary, parties and other occasions. So you can make a private booking and transport all your guests in a novel and enjoyable way through the scenic routes of Bermuda.
Contacts for Booking & Inquiry
Fill up the online booking form in the website of Bermuda Train Company. Once they confirm the tour, you can make the payment before the train trolley tour starts. Phone: (441) 236-3130; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update from Bermuda Train Company - August 2013
The train is running in both Hamilton and Dockyard. This season the Dockyard train is now booked through the ship. We can offer tours separately however the timing and availability varies. We don’t know how many tours are booked until the night before the ship arrives in port. The rate $55 and $26.50 for children 12 and under. The Hamilton Train is available for booking as we have not contracted with a ship this season. The 1 ½ tour rate is $35 per person, $15 per child 12 and under. This Tour includes entrance into the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute(BUEI).
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By Raj Bhattacharya
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