First Guernsey passenger train to operate since 1930s trialled

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The first passenger train service to operate on Guernsey's roads since the 1930s has been trialled.

The service, a private enterprise known as Petit Train, will operate in May in St Peter Port.

The island had a tram service between St Peter Port and St Sampson from 1879 until it closed in 1934, after passenger numbers fell.

A light railway was later constructed by the German occupying forces in the Channel Islands during World War Two.

There is a permanent railway attraction at Sausmarez Manor in St Martin, but Petit Train will be the first train to take passengers around town.

The white and gold train has been brought over from France and can carry 60 passengers, and has completed a trial route.

'Over the moon'

It will operate a 35-minute circuit around town and is aimed at tourists, but not exclusively.

"While our target market is the cruise liner sector, we also expect to attract non cruise passenger tourists and some local passengers, particularly those with children", Petit Train director, Laura Bean, said.

"It will also appeal to those who find negotiating the hills in town difficult."

Jack Honeybill from the town centre partnership said: "I'm absolutely over the moon that this has arrived.

"Having been on the inaugural trial of the route, it goes to various places to show the passengers exactly what gorgeous places there are around the town."

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