RailRoads in Haiti

The first franchise for the construction of a street railway was awarded in 1876 to a group of New York financiers, who founded the Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de Port-au-Prince. The CCFPP ordered six open cars from the J. G. Brill Co. in Philadelphia in October 1877 and inaugurated a tramway service on 17 January 1878. The first line, which connected Croix des Bossales with the Champ de Mars, was probably the first railway in the country.

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The drawing below shows the tramway on Rue des Miracles near Port-au-Prince Bay [see map]. This is the only illustration that has been found of a horsedrawn tram in Haiti

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