The International Steam Pages
El Museo del Transporte, Caracas, Venezuela, 2013
Glen Beadon (18th September 2014) has written with some comments and corrections. These appear in RED below.
Thomas Kautzor (4th October 2014) tells me "Philipp Kurasch is certain that the frame of the steam mock-up 0-4-0 steam loco is not from a Plymouth but from a Jung MS 130 or 131, such as the one being currently restored at the Netherlands' Narrow Gauge Museum http://www.smalspoormuseum.nl/Materieel/Motorlocs/mloc19.htm (rounded ends, link dead by 25th August 2015). The one I found in Martinique has square ends. Prior to my finding, there were only seven locos of this type known to exist in the world, out of circa 430 built between 1929 and 1933. Jens Merte's Jung builders list shows only one Jung loco delivered to Venezuela: No. 8651/1939 model VL 134, delivered 31.07.1939 to Glaser & Pflaum, Berlin, for Venezuela (type & gauge not shown). Out of 22 units built 1937-40 (including B-dm versions for standard gauge and C-dm versions for narrow gauge), no type VL 134 is known to have survived into preservation."
Note (RD), this is one of the pictures of the Martinique diesel:
Steen Larsen writes:
On a business trip to Venezuela I had the chance to visit the Caracas transportation museum on 20th October 2013. The museum is located at Parque del Este in Caracas and is open only on Sundays. The museum possess 13 steam locomotives and the remains of one locomotive as a boiler on wheels, all static displays. Some of the locomotives are under cover and in very good preserved condition while others in the open air suffer from the lack of general maintenance.
The museum webpage: http://www.automotriz.net/museo-del-transporte/
Some references from the web re. Venezuelan railways
The Venezuelan government started a very ambitious project in 1999 to build and recover what is stated in different references as numbers from 4000-13000km of railways to cover most of Venezuela by 2030. The first line, the 41 km from Caracas to Cua was inaugurated in 2006. The 108 km from Puerto Cabello (Valencia) to La Encrucijada should have been inaugurated in 2012 but is now postponed to 2014. Driving on the highway from Caracas to Valencia in October 2013, one could see the line in a relatively progressed state but with very little construction activity.
Thomas Kautzor adds "One other loco belonging to the museum, Gran FC de Venezuela (1067mm) 4-4-4T No. 820 HALCON (Hartmann 2028/1894) is at the closed FC Historico de El Encanto in Los Teques near Caracas."
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Note 1: Ref. 6 refers the engine to be a Beyer Peacock but if the engine No 15 is correct Ref. 4 makes it a Nasmyth which also corresponds with Ref. 3.
1: Builders plate on engine
2: Identification on engine
5: Preserved OK: http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/org/murray/okpres.htm
6: Caracas Transport Museum 1975 and 1996: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqy91N0OM1w (DO NOT RELY ON THE DATA QUOTED)
7. Gran FC de Venezuela (1067mm) 4-4-4T No. 820 HALCON (Hartmann 2028/1894) is at the closed FC Historico de El Encanto in Los Teques near Caracas as per Thomas Kautzor. You can see HALCON in action in this short video: http://youtu.be/4-vnvjeZ1OY Alas HALCON is now in a derelict neglected state at the far end of the El Encanto line where nature now reclaimed the station area.
8. Glen Beadon's video taken in 1997 of the El Encanto Railway shows what it was like when the railway was last in operation. It closed one year later. This can be seen at: http://youtu.be/sjvnsWXA290.
9. Glen Beadon's video on the Locomotives of Venezuela at: http://youtu.be/nTXYcx8--Mk.