Jamaican Government Railway

The Jamaican Government bought the Kingston-Old Harbour railway line from the Jamaica Railway Company in 1879. Rapid development of the citrus and banana industries in the early 1880s significantly encouraged the expansion of the railway in Jamaica. In 1890 the Government sold the railway to an American syndicate, the West India Improvement Company. In 1900 the company went into receivership and the railway became a part of the government once again. In 1960 the government created the Jamaica Railway Corporation to look after the railway. Line closures from debt and pressures to reopen the lines in 1970s occurred until in 1980 Hurricane Allen damaged much of the railway and totally destroyed a section of the Port Antonio line. In October 1992 public rail transport services finally ceased operating in Jamaica. In 2012 the railway service had been mothballed.