Spectators lined Front Street to witness the official opening of the Bermuda Railway. The 150 guests took their seats in four coaches, Governor's wife Lady Cubitt pressed an electric starter, and the train took off outside Number One Shed on its inaugural trip.
The Bermuda Railway ushered in a faster and more comfortable means of transport for locals and tourists, whose only other options were pedal cycles, horse-drawn carriages and boats.
But the system, known as 'Rattle and Shake' was hampered by controversies and delays, even before the trains began running on the tracks. It was plagued by problems, including corrosion and the high cost of fuel, during its 17-year run and never turned a profit.
For more about the Bermuda Railway, visit www.bermudarailway.net