Anniversary 180 of the Union of Railways of Cuba

HAVANA, 11 nov. 180 years after the introduction of the railroad in Cuba, the governing body of that sector foresees different activities awaiting such a relevant event on November 19, 1837.

At a press conference in the capital, Manuel Morgado Olivera, deputy director of the Union of Railways of Cuba (UFC), explained that for months preparing the celebration of the event with initiatives such as the presentation of the book Roads for sugar, the authors Alejandro García and Oscar Zanetti, which will happen on Saturday 18.

That same day, a locomotive with two cars will leave from Havana to the station of Bejucal, in remembrance of the first trip made by rail in our country, he explained.

In this town in the province of Mayabeque, added the director, cultural events will be held to remember the event, while lectures will be given on the history of the referred means of transport, among other activities.

As a climax, on November 19, 180 locomotives will whistle in unison in greeting to the date and in the capital the central act will take place for the anniversary and a postal stamp will be canceled.

Also that day will be given lectures, the UFC website will be published online and the outstanding replica of La Junta, one of the oldest locomotives in the world, will be handed out to outstanding workers.

Cuba was the seventh country in the world to count on the scientific and technical progress of the railroad, and currently more than 20,000 people work in the field.