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Central Espartaco sugar mill steam locos

Cuba - 1980

Central Espartaco had a 2ft 6in gauge system bringing cane to the sugar mill. The locos included a Baldwin 2-8-0 of 1895, a Porter 0-4-2 dated 1884 and a Henshel built 0-4-0 firelss from 1914. This was the first time that railway enthusiasts had visited this sugar mill, at least since Fidel Castro came to power. Prior to the visit virtaully nothing was known about this 2ft 6 in gauge stystem or the locos that were in use. Once entry had been agreed the system became one of the great steam discoveries of 1980.