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The Hershey Train and the Collapse of Cuba’s Rail System

Producing the independent film Corazon Azul (Blue Heart) by Miguel Coyula, we needed to film a train trip. The first thing that came to my mind was the time I spent over the years on the Hershey train coming from Matanzas to visit my maternal family, especially my grandparents.

Started in 1920, it was famous for being the only electric train that rolled in Cuba. With time it became a vintage object, also exploited for tourist purposes.

It owes its name to the famous American chocolatier who ordered it to be built, with the purpose of transporting passengers, but also to his employees. It passed through the small town of Hershey, where the businessman built, in 1916, a sugar mill, now in disuse and traveled the 98 km that separate Havana from the province of Matanzas.

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