The Armored Train Park

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Reparto Centro, Santa Clara, Cuba
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In December 1958, Cuban rebels defeated dictator Batista's forces at Santa Clara, liberating the city. A decisive part of this victory was a train derailment masterminded by Che Guevara, the site of which is now preserved as a museum, complete with train cars and the bulldozer used to derail them. Artefacts from the battle, photographs and information, some in English, are housed inside the cars. The museum is located walking distance east of the centre on Independencia, on the way to the Estatua Che y Niño, and has a small entry cost.

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A place of great symbolism for the Cuban revolution, since here during the Battle of Santa Clara, Che Guevara and his group derailed an armored train by means of a borrowed excavator and homemade Molotov cocktails. This act marked the end of Batista's dictatorship and the beginning of Fidel Castro's regime. The place is now a museum of freight cars that indicates the place of the event, where the excavator also has its memory.

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In this kind of museum you can learn a little more about the local history, given that at the end of 1958 during the Cuban revolution, the rebels defeated the Batista forces recovering the city after derailing a train thanks to Che Guevara's plan . The place has many artifacts of the time, from the derailed train to the elements that they used to do it. Inside the trains there are photos and historical information about it.

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