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Rail service holds good status in Cuba



Havana, Nov 19.- On a same date, early on, Cuba inaugurated rail transportation, and 183 years later, in a different context, the services of the branch continue to be executed, in compliance with the protection measures of the new normality.

In this regard, Francisco Fernández de Castro Espinosa, deputy director of the Cuban Railroad Union (UFC), told the Cuban News Agency that passenger services have been gradually restored, in correspondence with the phases established for post- pandemic recovery. 

Regarding safety protocols, he mentioned the training given to all the crews on the actions to be followed before, during and after the trip.

In exclusive to the ACN, he expressed that, after the stoppage of this activity, they focused on maintaining the fleet of locomotives and passenger cars, a task that is still being promoted today. 

The Havana-Sancti Spíritus and Santiago de Cuba-Santa Clara trains had a general repair, which raised their levels of comfort and safety, added Fernández de Castro Espinosa.

He pointed out the important role during the fight against Covid-19 of cargo transportation, which was increased to guarantee the transfer of fuels and food from the regulated family basket. 

Likewise, the railway system contributed to the culmination of the sugar harvest and the transfer of cane derivatives.

The maintenance of the operations required a superior effort from the railway workers and managers, who were in charge of them, the deputy director of the UFC finally said.

In 1837, Cuba became the fourth country in the world to introduce rail transport, surpassed only by the United States, England, and France, nations that outpaced the Caribbean nation from an economic point of view. (ACN) (Photo: File)