Photographs of the Jamaica Railway under construction are scarce. Photography did not take hold on the island until the 1890s when most of the railway system had been built.

Between 1891 and 1893, a lumber yard owner and professional photographer from Maine traveled along the North Shore of Jamaica taking photographs of everyday life. A fortuitous encounter with the family resulted in the acquisition of a number of his original photos, including a few which show the railway under construction.

Click on a thumnail on the right to display a photo.

An interesting seven minute black and white silent film was produced in 1913 titled Montego Bay to Williamsfield, Jamaica. The film shows Montego Bay's market square and then proceeds with scenes from the back of a moving train on its way from Montego Bay to Williamsfield. It can be viewed on the Colonial Film website by clicking here.