On Monday, September 16th, 2019 the St Christopher National Trust hosted its 8th Annual Heroes Day Tour in grand style aboard the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. The Train tour which first began in September 2011 is a collaborative fundraising event with the St. Kitts Scenic Railway.
Passengers are able to enjoy the island’s breathtaking visible features along the old sugarcane route with a narrated story by the Scenic Railway Guide, of the island’s sugar and colonial history while identifying many estates and interesting landmarks along the journey.
For over 90 years, the Sugar Industry journeyed through the villages around St. Kitts collecting sugar cane along the railway lines in open carts. They were pulled by the locomotive engines from the various plantation estates on their way to the central sugar factory at Needsmust. Now the Scenic Railway uses that same route to give locals and visitors a glimpse of the past.
As part of the onboard entertainment the Trust would ask a list of questions – questions persons should know – based on the local history of St. Kitts. This allowed passengers to win prices and gifts from our National Museum Giftshop. Passengers also enjoyed local confectioneries, smoothies, and beverages as part of the Scenic Tour package along with a snack plate, compliments of The National Trust.
This year, to commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary of the transitioning of the St. Christopher Heritage Society to the St. Christopher National Trust passengers were able to party on the train. Persons brought small coolers packed with beverages of their liking while being entertained by the Scenic staff and other local artists including ‘SKB Melanin’.
The National Trust is ever so grateful to the St. Kitts Scenic Railway for the continued support and contribution to what is now known as the organization’s biggest and most popular fundraising event. We also wish to express gratitude to everyone who showed up and made this event a success.
See you next year onboard the Scenic Train!