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Those were the days... Pepito Tey Sugar Mill

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


Pepito Tey (Mill 443, 2'6" gauge) was situated to the east of Cienfuegos. During my visits, most activity involved the short climb up to the loading point at Limpiesa followed by a controlled tender first descent. However, I was fortunate enough to see trains on the other two remaining lines. All locomotives shown here are Baldwin 2-8-0s.


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My first visit was with Steve and Chris on 19th February 1996 in the afternoon. Not a great deal was going on which didn't greatly matter as the sun angles very definitely made this a 'morning mill'. We found 1358 sitting by the stabling point.

1220 had been transferred from Mal Tiempo some time ago, being too small for that system. The only time I saw it working was on 25th March 2001 when it was shunting the patio.

The other smaller locomotive I saw working here was 1236 on similar duties on 19th February 1996.

1337 heads up the roadside line to Limpieza early on 9th March 1997.

On the same day 1357 took the lesser used line to Guasimal - visitors had to be alert to this possibility as the light was more favourable on this line.

Least commonly photographed here was the back line to Lajitas - the road was so poor (with a ford) that effectively chasing was impossible. In fact there seem to have been few photographic positions, so I was very pleased with this shot of  1357 at work on 6th March 1998.
The next morning, we were back on the line to Limpiesa with 1358 working the first train up in glorious early light.
Espartaco did not work in 2001, our hero from 1329 was sent to Pepito Tey to cover a motive power shortage and on 27th March it stormed up to Limpiesa.


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Rob Dickinson

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