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Rattle & Shake: The Bermuda Railway Trail

One of the most unusual sightseeing adventures in Bermuda is following the Bermuda Railway Trail (or parts thereof), which stretches for 34km (21 miles) along the old railroad way, across three of the interconnected islands that make up Bermuda. Construction of this rail line may have been one of the most costly ever on a per-kilometer basis. Opened in 1931, the Bermuda Railway ceased operations in 1948. Once the island's main mode of transportation, the train eventually gave way to the automobile.

Before setting out on this trek, arm yourself with a copy of the Bermuda Railway Trail Guide, which is available at the Bermuda Department of Tourism in the City of Hamilton and the Visitors Information Centres in Hamilton and St. George. You're now ready to hit the trail of the old train system that was affectionately called "Rattle and Shake." You can explore the trail on horseback, bicycle, or foot.

Although the line covered 34km (21 miles), from St. George in the east to Somerset in the west, a 5km (3-mile) stretch has been lost to roads in and around the capital City of Hamilton. For the most part, however, the trail winds along an automobile-free route.

In the West End, the trail begins near the Watford Bridge, but there are many convenient access points. In the East End, it's easiest to pick up the trail on North Shore Road.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.