St. Kitt's New Choo-Choo

August 2, 2002
Fall and winter cruisers on a St. Kitts’ itinerary can check out a new attraction. The St. Kitts Scenic Rail National Tour, which launches on October 10, offers a new twist on the old island tour experience by trundling tourists around on a train. It uses an existing railway -- built in 1912 to transport sugar cane from farms and fields to the island's urban hub of Basseterre -- and has been operating ever since.
Specifically, this train tour, which starts in Basseterre, will take travelers through villages, farmland and historic sites. Other highlights will include vistas of St. Kitts gorgeous natural scenery, from rain forests to mountainous areas. It will fully narrated.
In the creation of the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, ten new -- and double decker, mind you -- passenger coaches were designed and built (and they're air conditioned). The 3 hour, ten minute ride will cost $89.50 (adults), $44.75 (kids). Tickets can be purchased at either the Needsmust train station or the St. Kitts Scenic Railway offices in Basseterre. There are two trips (both roundtrip from Basseterre); the first leaves at 8:20 a.m., returning at 11:30 a.m. and the second departs 1:10 p.m., pulling in at 4:20 p.m.