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Somerset Bridge is reportedly the smallest drawbridge in operation anywhere in the world. The bridge is also known for its famous Railway Pillars. These are striking concrete features placed out in the sea. They serve as a reminder of the railway line which ran from Somerset Island, through the City of Hamilton to St George’s Town.
The railway line was set up in the 1930’s and closed in the late forties. The route, in the mid eighties, would eventually become the nature, walking and cycling destination called the ‘Railway Trail’. Those eye catching concrete pillars stand in for the gaps in the rail journey going over water. They mark the course the trains used to take. The Railway Pillars are now a lasting leftover of the Bermuda railway and have become a popular tourist attraction in their own right.
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