The International Steam Pages


Cuban Steam Locomotives for Sale

This article first appeared in 2004. I believe it created a lot of interest, I suspect mainly among dreamers and armchair enthusiasts, but equally I doubt a single serious offer let alone a signed contract ever materialised. Now I am told (30th March 2010) that the would be sale has been halted and the locomotives will stay on the island. Some have already been cosmetically restored and moved to preservation sites. I am not sure if any of them were ever scrapped when it became clear that no sale was ever likely to happen.

Please understand this when you read what is written below...


Following the contraction in the Cuban sugar industry over the last couple of years, MINAZ (sugar ministry) has officially placed 55 steam locomotives on sale. These are considered surplus to the requirements of a heritage core which will be retained. Buyers will be required to remove their purchases from the island, but there is no restriction on their eventual destination, given the fact that the majority are of American origin (Baldwin, Alco, Vulcan), it is obvious where the they might be most in demand even if they might have to follow an indirect route to their new homes. Almost all have worked in recent years and all but two feature on my Zafra CD-ROM.

The full list is given below but does not include technical details - these are in the IRS book, Industrial Steam Locomotives of Cuba, full details are on the IRS Book Page.

The sale is being coordinated by the ARMF, Apaerado 62, 25080 LLEIDA Ciudad, Spain, office phone ++ (34) 973 216 441, ask for Manel Ramos. If speaking in English you will have to speak clearly and slowly and be patient. Sr. Manel Ramos is the CME of the ARMF which is the society which operates the Spanish Garratt, they are not in this project for profit, merely to help Minaz find good homes for their redundant steam locomotives.

The assessed condition of each of the locomotives is available which will no doubt affect the asking price, but in particular boiler standards in Cuba do not always reach European operational levels. 

An early indication of interest is requested, many other steam locomotives have already been scrapped within the last year. 


Narrow gauge (2'3")

Loco

Mill

Wheel

Manufacturer

1333

Obdulio Morales

2-8-0

Baldwin

1360 

Simon Bolivar

2-8-0

Baldwin

 Narrow gauge (2'6")

Loco

Mill

Wheel

Manufacturer

1236

Pepito Tey

2-8-0

Baldwin

1327

Espartaco

2-8-0

Baldwin

1328

Espartaco

2-8-0

Baldwin

1337

Pepito Tey

2-8-0

Baldwin

1345

Mal Tiempo

2-8-0

Baldwin

1355

Mal Tiempo

2-8-0

Baldwin

Narrow gauge (3'0")

Loco

Mill

Wheel

Manufacturer

1256

Frank Pais

2-8-0

Baldwin

1259

Manuel Tames

2-6-0

Baldwin

1350

A.C.Sandino

2-8-0

Baldwin

1404

A.C.Sandino

2-8-0

Baldwin

1405

A.C.Sandino

2-8-0

Henschel

1431

H.Ameojeiras

2-8-0

Baldwin

1667

A.C.Sandino

2-8-0

Baldwin

 Standard gauge (4'8")

Loco

Mill

Wheel

Manufacturer

1103

P.T.Brau

2-6-0

Baldwin

1411

R.M.Villena

2-6-0

Baldwin

1414

Jesus Rabi

2-8-0

Alco

1464

Ranulfo Leyva

2-6-0

Alco

1550

Carlos Caraballo

2-6-0

Baldwin

1568

Noel Fernandez

2-8-0

Vulcan

1578

Ecuador

2-8-0

Baldwin

1589

B.Maso

2-8-0

Alco

1590

B.Maso

2-8-0

Alco

1592

S.Rosales

2-8-0

Baldwin

1602

Manuel Isla

2-8-0

Baldwin

1603

Manuel Isla

2-8-0

Alco

1605

R.M.Villena

2-8-0

Baldwin

1612

Cuba Libre

2-6-0

Baldwin

1621

C.Caracas

2-8-0

Alco

1634

R.Ponciano

2-8-0

Baldwin

1637

Ifrain Alfonso

2-8-0

Alco

1658

Noel Fernandez

2-8-0

Vulcan

1662

P.T.Brau

2-6-0

Vulcan

1681

Osvaldo Sanchez

2-8-0

Baldwin

1701

Osvaldo Sanchez

2-8-0

Baldwin

1702

R.M.Villena

2-8-0

Vulcan

1705

Manuel Isla

2-8-0

Baldwin

1707

Amistad con los Pueblos

2-6-0

Baldwin

1708

Manuel Isla

2-8-0

Baldwin

1711

Boris Luis

2-8-0

Alco

1720

Juan Avila

2-6-0

Vulcan

1742

Venezuela

2-8-0

Baldwin

1757

B.Maso

2-8-0

Baldwin

1805

Amistad con los Pueblos

2-8-0

Baldwin

1806

Gregorio Arlee Manalich

2-8-0

Baldwin

1807

Juan Avila

2-8-0

Baldwin

1827

Ciro Redondo

2-8-0

Baldwin

1829

Ciro Redondo

2-8-0

Baldwin

1832

Ciro Redondo

2-8-0

Baldwin

1836

Orlando Gonzalez Ramirez

2-8-0

Vulcan

1837

Orlando Gonzalez Ramirez

2-8-0

Baldwin

1844

Noel Fernandez

2-8-0

Baldwin

1848

Primero de Mayo

2-8-0

Baldwin


Rob Dickinson

Email: webmaster@internationalsteam.co.uk