World of Steam: Cuba

Since 1959, lack of funds has given Cuba little scope for infrastructure improvements. Steam power was eliminated from the mainlines in the 1950s, but the sugar mills, which proliferate on the island, were still big users of steam locomotives at the time of the Castro revolution, and  thus became frozen in a "time warp".


The working museum looked set to continue for some years, but this illusion was rudely shattered in late 2002, when the Cuban government announced that for economic reasons sugar production was to be significantly scaled back.  This reduction has resulted in the elimination of virtually all steam from the island except for tourist trains.

Volume 22: Cuba The Endgame  

The programme features a snapshot of steam activity in the 2000 harvesting season.  We visit the following mills, which illustrate the immense railway diversity for which Cuba was famous:

Amistad Con Los Pueblos Maltiempo
Australia Marcelo Salado
Brasil Noel Fernandez
Caracas Orlando Gonzalez Ramirez
Ciro Redondo Osvaldo Sanchez
Cuba Libre Pepito Tey
Espartaco Rafael Freyre
Gregorio Arlee Manalich Ramon Ponciano
Hermanos Ameijeiras Simon Bolivar

Cuba: The Endgame runs for an hour and costs 18.  

 

Format DVD-R
Price 18, inc. p & p
Duration Approx. 60 minutes
TV system PAL/SECAM
Menu-indexed? Yes

 

 


At Osvaldo Sanchez mill, a 100-year old Rogers
tank engine was still in active use.



 

 


 


One of Maltiempo's 2-8-0 Baldwins makes light of its 80
years when heading a loaded train back to the mill.


No. 1732 (Alco 1916) shows off its green
livery at Ramirez mill.


Two of
Hermaos Ameijeiras mill's Baldwins head home at sunset.