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Cuba's first Museum of the Railroad reopened in the municipality of Bejucal, Havana, to commemorate the International Day of Museums, May 18th and the 170 anniversary of the first railroad in Cuba.

The remodelled center founded twenty years ago, displays the history of the railroad in Cuba, seventh country in the world and first in Ibero America to have it.

The story begins on November 19th, 1837, when the first railroad was opened, linking Havana and Bejucal, to transport merchandise to the port of Havana. Two thousand workers and slaves died during the construction works.

Other valuable pieces are the trains dock built in 1836, a railroad velocipede, and signalling objects. Photos, documents, and a medal for the 150 anniversary of the inauguration join the collection. The museum is located by the railroad station of Bejucal. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturdays until 12 noon.

Source: Cubarte

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