Where do cuban national trains stop and why?

Where do cuban national trains stop and why?

HAVANA, March 17. Among the most recurring comments and questions that the followers of this page have asked us are those related to train stops.I have asked the Cuban Railway Union to offer us more information on this topic, which we know is of great interest due to the importance of the railway in the country’s transportation:

The Cuban Railway Union currently maintains a national train service from Havana to four eastern provinces: Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo, with a departure frequency every four days in both directions.

This national train scheme came into effect in July 2019, upon the arrival of 80 Chinese passenger cars; but prior to its approval, a restructuring had been carried out in the design of their stops, in which the travel time from origin to destination was considered the main indicator for the quality of the service of a long-distance national train, which in the railway does not depend only on the speed of circulation, but also on the reduction of stops, since the braking system, starting and reaching the authorized speed of the rolling stock, strongly affects travel times.

It should be noted that the average duration of train stops is between 15 and 17 minutes; Additionally, a technical review is carried out in Santa Clara and Camagüey that increases the stop time in the order of 15 to 20 more minutes.

Currently, the duration of the trip without additional delays due to breakdowns or other causes is 18 to 20 hours, at the speed established by the itinerary of 70 km/h.

Another of the premises that was taken into account for the readjustment of the stops was to maintain (at least) one stop in all the stations of the provincial capitals that are on the layout of the central route and some additional stops in the larger territories, alternating them on the different trains, trying to give the greatest coverage for each one with around 15 stops along the entire route, such as the cases of Jovellanos and Florida on train No. 17: Havana-Bayamo- Manzanillo, and Colón on train No. 15: Havana-Holguín.

For this, a detailed analysis was carried out between the management of the Railways and the Ministry of Transportation, reconciled with the authorities of each province, based on the principle that these trains provided a national passenger transportation service.

Multimodal transportation was conceived with buses that would transport people from the train stops to neighboring towns, a service that has been greatly affected in recent times, especially due to the shortage of fuel and the technical availability of automotive means in the provinces, it is precisely This is one of the reasons why the population requests stops in each location, since the transfer to the official stop location is often impossible or unaffordable.

According to messages that we receive from the population through different communication channels, today we have identified more than 15 requests for additional stops, which if implemented would increase the duration of each trip by more than 4 hours, which would affect the More than 700 passengers on average travel on the train.

Likewise, the time to execute the technological processes of technical review and preparation of the cars and locomotives would be reduced to guarantee the return trip, according to the itinerary.

Some very popular stops are Céspedes in Camagüey, Reynaldo in Songo la Maya, Alto Cedro in Holguín and Aguacate in Mayabeque, among others.

In summary, access to three nationals is currently affected in many territories and therefore it is necessary to continue exploring alternatives that facilitate it.

Train stops are important, but access to these is also important. The railroad union will work on a new reassessment of this issue and on the search for new alternatives to address this need of the people.