315 Jose Smith Comas. (ZAFRA 2004)
The museum continues to acquire locomotives. 1216, 1410, 1610 and 1721 have all arrived.
315 Jose Smith Comas
This mill has become famous for its well turned out steam locos. It is also very accessible from the tourist resort of Varadero. Over the years operation has been well documented so although it seems to have had the usual number of satisfied customers there are no detailed reports. Trains leave the mill (the traffic office is beside Progresso FCC station) and uses the FCC south past the first LP to Contreras station. The mill line then branches south east to the next LP. Dirt roads follow the line to this point but rapidly deteriorate thereafter. The line eventually turns east and then north-east, passing a wye for turning the locos en route to the far LP at Delirio. There is (lengthy) access to this LP from the Cardenas to Máximo Gómez road some way before the first level crossing. (Near Delirio there is a connection to mill 321 but this in the bad road scetion.) There tends to be an early morning (08.00/09.00) smokebox first working to Delirio with a further later working to the nearer LPs. The afternoons usually see a further working to Delirio. Unfortunately, apart from the photogenic station at Contreras the scenery does not do justice to this attractive fleet. Diminutive 1122 is the mill pilot with 1530 and 1531 preferred to 1415 for line work. There is a map in WS 137.
1122, 1415, 1530, 1531 in use, all very smart
1406, 1715 derelict
|1721 Puerto Rico Libre, Union de Reyes, MAT
||1610 Cuba Libre, Pedro Betancourt, MAT
|1531 2-6-0||Cuba Libre, Pedro Betancourt, MAT
From Central Fructuoso Rodriguez