The SMRR started in
1928 as a freight carrier for harvested salt from the Great Salt Pond
to the Philipsburg and Marigot Ports for export shipment worldwide.
The railroad was bankrupt in 1967 when salt harvesting stopped on the
northern French side. The Dutch side had previously ceased operations in 1949.
Player Development sits on top of the old SMRR rail yard. We are in
the process of restoring some of the yard, as the tracks were never
ripped up just covered with sand from the harbor dredging project.
Once the track is uncovered, we want to restart the salt water
evaporating plant and have the school vocational program run the salt
production. They will be able to sell salt products to the tourists
and run their own export business.