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St. Kitts Scenic Railway
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St Kitts Scenic Railway Tour
Ranked #11 of 83 things to do in St. Kitts
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Owner description: The narrow gauge St. Kitts scenic railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Originally built in 1912 to deliver sugarcane from the fields to the sugar mill in Basseterre, the "Last Railway in the West Indies" now provides a fascinating way for visitors to see the island from the comfort of modern passenger train cars and sightseeing buses. The railway hugs the Northeastern coastline where spectacular vistas of ocean, surf, cliffs, and lush vegetation surround you. The train rolls across tall steel bridges spanning deep ""ghuts"", or canyons, and winds through small villages and farms. Dark green rainforests are skirted by rippling fields of sugar can, with the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga rising above the railway. This unique rail and highway experience allows visitors the opportunity to see the island in a very short period of time. Your guide will point out all the sights as the train passes old sugar estates with abandoned windmills and chimneys.
Reviewed January 29, 2013

For those of you interested in taking this tour we have one word for you DON'T...!!!!!....For one the train was literally a bucket of bolts, it played one continuous song over and over again trying to set the mood for the trip.....The scenery put you in the middle of nothing, literally nothing...old run down houses and junked vehicles anywhere and everywhere with grass growing up through them..........We thought that paying 100 a piece we were in for a really nice tour, we were very very disappointed.......The only nice thing about the trip was the shoreline, but the tour didn't take you very close to it at all.......So for those of you interested I really hope you read this and change your mind, there are plenty of other excursions to pick from......

8  Thank Kristine G
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Took the train ride in combination with a catamaran trip back to our cruise ship. Was a good experience but may not be exciting enough for the under 40 crowd. Don't be late at the pier or you run the risk of being left behind as the bus ride to the train leaves on time - train runs on a strict timetable. Free drinks and local teen singers perform on the train. Air conditioned cars (bottom level) are very nice (made in Seattle). If you are prone to be sea sick you may want to take something beforehand if you plan to sit in the upper deck of the cars as they are a bit top heavy for the size of tracks and will have a rolling motion. However, one should not get motion sickness in the air conditioned lower level as it is closer to the ground. If you have done a lot of cruising in the Caribbean this will be a new and interesting experience for you. Branson, Mo. vacationer.

Thank Carl G
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

First, the railway does not stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Fortress nor does it pass by any of the beautiful beaches or scenery. Instead you travel through undeveloped parts of the island, remnants of sugar cane fields that were brown when we went by and littered with the occasional rusted, junked plantation equipment and a couple of old stone mills ruins. The "high" bridges are only high if you look down exactly while crossing -- otherwise they are so plain and simple, short in length, seemingly land-level, and covered with obstructing shrubbery, you'd never notice them -- not a "sight" but a joke. Our guide pointed out goats in the grazing in the countryside and a cow. That was the level of the attractions. Second, this ride through nowhere costs about double the cost of the other "tours" that were available. We paid well over $100 per person. We couldn't drink enough rum punch/pina coladas provided in the little plastic water fountain cups to warrant the cost. And for such a high price, the bathrooms on the train were filthy disgusting, like walking into a sewer. We were defrauded.

4  Thank rayje
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a wonderful way to see a small part of St Kitts - the views are breath taking, you amble through the old sugar cain fields, children run after you and wave as you pass the villages at the same time you drink rum punch and listen to the local choir sing. You can sit up top or down stairs in the air conditioned carrage. ts enchanting, magical and breath taking a must do if you go to St Kitts

Thank Alun R
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

As a rail road fan, I enjoyed this ride on the coastal and back country narrow gauge railroad. The scenery was excellent due to the double decker wagons (closed below and open above with a canopy).
You could see the past and the present of this country's main industry which was sugarcane plantations and the affiliated industries. It ended in 2005 but they kept the railroad in running order for the benefit of the locals and the tourists...serge

Thank Serge G
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