Cuba Culture

Cuba opens outdoor railroad museum in Havana

Posted November 22, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

Cuba opened an outdoor museum which exhibits steam locomotives that have been completely restored.

Cuba was the first country in Latin America to have a railroad due to its valuable sugar industry.

The locomotives 1112, 1308, 1311 and 1138 were made by the American Baldwin Locomotive Works company in the years 1878, 1900, 1904 and 1908, respectively, and are now located in front of the Central Railway Station, in the historic center of Old Havana.

The museum was officially opened on November 19 which was the 172nd anniversary of the first railway travel from Havana to Bejucal on November 19, 1837.

Locomotive 1112 is the third oldest machine preserved in Cuba and was still being used to transport sugar cane until few years ago.

The national heritage of the Cuban railroad must be preserved because it is an important part of our national identity, said Orlando Inclan, Professor Architect of the Havana City Historian’s Office.

Near the outdoors museum, there are two other locomotives waiting for to be restored.

Cuba was the world’s leader in sugar production in the 19th century.

It opened its railway system before Spain and just after Great Britain, the United States, Belgium and Germany.

The Hershey train, which used to be owned and operated by the Hershey corporation, is still in operation today but more so as a tourist attraction in Havana.

Member Comments

On January 20, 2011, mrs p donaghy wrote:

We visited the railway museum in September 2010 I have never known a guide to be so enthusiastic. What a joy.We are hoping to find items to donate for them.