Cuba’s only Electric Train, the HersheyNovember 11, 2012 | Print |
Photo Feature by Elio Delgado Valdés
HAVANA TIMES – Between the town of Casablanca, on the other side of the Bay of Havana and Matanzas, extends the only electric railway in Cuba, known as the Hershey Train.
The electrified track was built in 1916 by the Hershey Corporation, the chocolate manufacturer in Pennsylvania, United States, in order to transport sugar from the mill of the same name, in Santa Cruz del Norte, 45 kilometers from Havana, and also the workers who came from the capital.
The train was built in 1917 in Pennsylvania and had 17 cars, of which there are still three.
Currently, the Hershey train makes two daily trips from Havana to Matanzas, with two cars, passing through the center of the old sugar mill.
Both the railroad tracks and the train cars have recently received repairs, to make it a faster and more pleasant trip.
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