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