So I was pleasantly surprised to open the list of excursions available from our holiday company to discover that there was a trip that included both a visit to the railway at the Jose Smith Sugar Mill and also a visit to the breeding centre for Cuban crocodiles. Well, OK, I wasn't that bothered about the crocodiles to be honest.
On the way to the mill we came across a typical level crossing
I missed the first couple of locos that were plinthed on the approach road because I was on the wrong side of the coach, but pretty soon the sound of a loco in stream met us
After that there seemed to be more locos where ever you looked. I will at some point get around to adding some meaningful captions
After a quick look around the mill itself...
...tt was time to catch the train for the short ride. As far as I can make out this actually appears to include reversing along a line still in use by Cuban railways. A lot of Cuban poverty was on display along the lineside.
If we hadn't been on an organised tour I could happily have spent another couple of hours here, but we had to head off south. En route I missed a couple more locos at the erstwhile Australia mill, but did manage to snap some shots of a typical Cuban station that shared a name with my wife.
I wouldn't be so obvious as to use "snap" as a pun to lead in a photo of a crocodile, would I?
|"For goodness sake he is still talking about his holiday in Cuba!"|
The full set of Cuban steam photos are here
None railway photos are here and here and finally I took some photographs whilst following in Hemingway's footsteps