The First Chinese Train Departs from Havana

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The first Chinese manufactured train made its departure from Havana on Saturday to begin its 516 mile journey to Guantanamo. It is the symbolic beginning of Cuba’s brand new railway system. A locomotive pulling the 14 brand new Chinese passenger cars will stop at nine cities on the 15 hour voyage. Prior to this, the journey could last for days because of intermittent track problems and engine breakdowns. There are four air-conditioned passenger cars and a restaurant car. The maiden voyage is symbolic of Cuba’s project to upgrade the railway system by repairing 2,600 miles of track and renovating its many train stations. The plan actually began three years ago with the announcement by Enrique Valdes, director of the Eastern-Central Railroad Company (FFCC) (Ferrocarriles de…




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