LA JUNTA LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE
This engine was manufactured in 1843 and is considered the most ancient of those existing in Cuba and has been declared a National Monument. It is the pride of the Cuban Railway Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril Cubano) which is located in the hundred year old Cristina Station (Estación Cristina), in the centre of Havana City.
It was the insignia locomotive engine of the Matanzas Railways and boasted the Nº 1 for several decades. The exact date when it stopped offering its services is unknown, but it is said that it is one of the oldest, the most original and the best preserved of the locomotive engines built in the United States, a true relic of great value for the history of railway technology.
This machine has kept its general design characteristics intact, as well as an important group of mechanisms from the time period in which it was manufactured, that show normal wear after so many years of use.
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