The Restauration of the Railway Museum in Havana is underway

HAVANA, Sept. 7 Cuba was the first country in Latin America to use trains, part of a modernization project led by Creole sacral democracy.

Claudio Martínez de Pinillo, the Count of Villanueva, was responsible for making that dream possible when in April 1835 the Board of Development created the Camino de Hierro Commission, chaired by the Creole.

The first railway section, from Havana to Bejucal, was 27.3 kilometers long and was inaugurated on Sunday, November 19, 1837, eleven years before Spain had its own. Then, in 1838, the 30.5-kilometer Güines section was opened.

These data and others that make up an interesting history are treasured today by the Railroad Museum, located in front of the Cuatro Caminos Market, Centro Habana, now in reconstructive work by builders of the Pyramids Non-Agricultural Cooperative.The Restauration of the Railway Museum in Havana is underway

Photo: Alexis Rodríguez / Habana Radio.

“Cristina station has a special meaning for the capital,” Havana Radio Mercedes Herrera Sorzano, historian of the museum, told Havana radio station. «In the nineteenth century there were three buildings of this type of great importance in the city: that of Villanueva, where the Capitol is now; that of Concha, approximately where the Carlos III market is located and from there the trains from Marianao and Cristina, the headquarters of the railways that went to Pinar del Río.

The railway company Ferrocarriles del Oeste de La Habana was also located in that space ».The Restauration of the Railway Museum in Havana is underway

Photo: Alexis Rodríguez / Habana Radio.

Work inaugurated in 1912, according to the historian, concentrated all the operations related to the transportation of cargo of the Havana companies, and later, of passengers.

“Cristina became, then,” he said, “warehouse, locomotive and car shop. Even after the opening of the Cuatro Caminos market, the fruits arrived at the terminal in wagons, where a line for citrus improvement was established ”.The Restauration of the Railway Museum in Havana is underway

Photo: Alexis Rodríguez / Habana Radio.

The museum stands out for its locomotive park, true heritage wonders of the Cuban nation. There is La Junta, the oldest in Cuba, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Built-in the mid-nineteenth century by an American firm, it is 166 years old and retains almost all of its original pieces.

Also an English locomotive, the Manning of 1873, the second oldest preserved in Cuba, and also the 1112 steam engine, which was working until the end of the twentieth century in the plants.

When the works are finished, the Museum will have – among other things – a scientific-technical room, a library and an area that reproduces an operations center of a station chief, just as it was at the beginning of the last century.
According to Elizabeth López Angulo, investor of the work, its reconstruction amounts to about 17 million (currency and national currency). “It is an expensive job because they are very large pieces to restore.”
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Translated from Oncuba