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Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

Moderators: Komachi, David Benton

  by David Benton
Ok. I think all our regular contributors have made their views known.
Lets steer away from the political side and concentrate on the railroad/railway, and travel in Cuba.

How about some you tube videos of Cuban trains?

I did seriously contemplate a side trip to Cuba on my Central / south American trip back in the 90's. I had not made up my mind how I was going to get from Central America to South America by the time I got to Mexico City. Whilst there, i stayed in a Youth Hostel, Where there was a group staying from Cuba. While i did not converse with them much , I did learn that a return airfare From Mexico to Cuba was very cheap .
Since I wanted to see the rest of Central America, I did not take it further. By the time I got to Costa Rica, i had met a american girl traveling to Ecuador, and I "accidently" booked a ticket on the exact same flight as her to Quito . Imagine our suprise when we met at the airport!(Panama was out of bounds at this time).
  by Gilbert B Norman
Mr. Benton, the Moderator's wish is thy command: CUBAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-Ciego de Avila: http://youtu.be/GeD4WkMh-U4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by David Benton
Here is a nice high definition video of the Hershey Electric railway.
http://youtu.be/P9TLheZ37eo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by philipmartin
thanks for the photos of the Cuban trains, a first for me. freight car trucks on the home made passengerger cars. A de-motored Budd car (maybe.) Another video shows diesels with pilots that resemble snow plows, (they iare anticipating climate change, I guess.). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_6Oh83Eic0Plus" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Also some better looking rolling stock. Some of the wooden cat poles could use a little straightening.
I Googled "Cuba libre" but alli could find was a drink.
A little Cuban steam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVs2IAuhtpQ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh3DjT2ckHI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by philipmartin
David Benton wrote: Imagine our suprise when we met at the airport!.
Mrs. Benton by any chance?
  by Gilbert B Norman
Here are three videos at You Tube that give a good "feel" of rail travel in Cuba. Sleepers and Diners appear non-existent. It appears that shown is by way of Mexico; one of the cars has the lettering of FCM underneath the FC stencils:

http://youtu.be/9e9MHTIwYVA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://youtu.be/2VAtS8o6bSM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://youtu.be/MXnZBgpm-0Q" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I guess riding the rails down there does not belong to one who on Amtrak has little if any reason to walk beyond the Diner.
  by David Benton
philipmartin wrote:
David Benton wrote: Imagine our suprise when we met at the airport!.
Mrs. Benton by any chance?
No, Philip, I think the surprise was too much for her.
  by philipmartin
David Benton wrote: No, Philip, I think the surprise was too much for her.
Faint, did she?
  by philipmartin
See Cuba before it changes! Is it going to get better or worse? The last few days I've been immersed in Cuba, for example, with two of the good videos Mr Norman posted so far, although not Havana. It looks like any other impoverished place In this world, although with palm trees. Queens, NY, is another run down place.
If I don't see Cuba before it changes, there will be no shortage of other impoverished places to see.
Mr Norman's visit to Salzburg was more the ticket.
  by David Benton
Vacations by rail offers Cuba Cruise.
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I don't see alot of rail content.
  by philipmartin
David Benton wrote: Looks like they need PGC, postive goat control.
David's agrarian outlook. :-D Actually, the photo in the linked-to article shows some grazing goats, and says that the train, on the Hershey Line in Havana, slowed down to avoid hitting them. Here's the link again. http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articl ... at-country" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Here's another look at the island on the Hershey line. Chocolate bars, anyone? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn7jEDz9Bew" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by CLamb
Are those concrete ties I see supporting the rails in that video? I'd be surprised Cuba could afford them.