The International Steam Pages

Those were the days... Obdulio Morales Sugar Mill

This is one of a series of pages showing my pictures of Cuban narrow gauge steam at work in the closing years.

Obdulio Morales (Mill 418) was one of a pair of mills of unusual 2'3½" gauge, east of Caibarién, its main field line being part of a former common carrier railway. All the locomotives shown here are Baldwin 2-8-0s.

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My first visit here was with Chris and Steve on 18th February 1996, we found 1333 brewing up near the shed.

Later we were able to photograph it on patio duty.

1420 was a bit of a hotchpotch, originally it had been a 3'0" gauge locomotive and hence a bit larger and by the time I photographed it on empties on 28th February 1998, it had been rebuilt with the frames of even larger 1542. Although it was potentially to be a photogenic working, technical problems with it meant that we never got to see it working on fulls. 

Returning to my first visit, 1366 was due out on the line to the west (beyond Seibabo) and we caught it prior to departure.

It was a very pleasant 'chase' back although the condition of the road meant we had to be restrained, this was the train soon after departure.

This was the train climbing towards Jucarno after which road and rail mostly went their separate ways to the mill.

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Rob Dickinson