Cuba tries to revive its once-great railway network

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Cuba tries to revive its once-great railway network

Workers rebuild and refurbish the central station in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Cuba's railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
Railroad worker Norberto Rosales repairs a gate at the central train station in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Workers have been restoring Havana’s main rail terminal, an eclectic structure built in 1912, with four floors and a mezzanine, for over 10 years. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
A woman crosses the railroad tracks in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Much of Cuba's remaining railroad equipment, much of it dating from 1975, lies in disrepair on the sides of rail yards as the system has seen the number of passengers plunge in recent decades. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
In this Monday, May 20, 2019 photo, new railroad passenger cars brought from China are inspected at their arrival in Havana, Cuba. Cuba's Ministry of Transportation took possession of 80 new Chinese-made passenger cars, part of a promised consignment of 250 rail cars and locomotives the island will receive by year's end. (Irene Perez/Cubadebate via AP)
Rails and cross ties that need repai sit atop railroad flat car, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The government is busy restoring and repairing rail lines throughout the island, some with rusting rails overgrown with weeds or buried under drifting dirt. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, a boy rides next to the engineer of an electric Hershey train, as it slows down to avoid hitting a shepherd's flock of goats grazing near the tracks in the Casablanca municipality of Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, a train passenger looks out at the countryside between Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, a woman who just got off the train uses the tracks to cross a bridge after arriving to her destination in the province of Holguin, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, a working cowboy travels by train to Santa Clara to participate in a rodeo, as the train moves through the province of Holguin, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Cuba tries to revive its once-great railway network

Workers rebuild and refurbish the central station in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Cuba's railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
Railroad worker Norberto Rosales repairs a gate at the central train station in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Workers have been restoring Havana’s main rail terminal, an eclectic structure built in 1912, with four floors and a mezzanine, for over 10 years. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
A woman crosses the railroad tracks in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Much of Cuba's remaining railroad equipment, much of it dating from 1975, lies in disrepair on the sides of rail yards as the system has seen the number of passengers plunge in recent decades. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
In this Monday, May 20, 2019 photo, new railroad passenger cars brought from China are inspected at their arrival in Havana, Cuba. Cuba's Ministry of Transportation took possession of 80 new Chinese-made passenger cars, part of a promised consignment of 250 rail cars and locomotives the island will receive by year's end. (Irene Perez/Cubadebate via AP)
Rails and cross ties that need repai sit atop railroad flat car, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The government is busy restoring and repairing rail lines throughout the island, some with rusting rails overgrown with weeds or buried under drifting dirt. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, a boy rides next to the engineer of an electric Hershey train, as it slows down to avoid hitting a shepherd's flock of goats grazing near the tracks in the Casablanca municipality of Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, a train passenger looks out at the countryside between Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, a woman who just got off the train uses the tracks to cross a bridge after arriving to her destination in the province of Holguin, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, a working cowboy travels by train to Santa Clara to participate in a rodeo, as the train moves through the province of Holguin, Cuba. Cuba’s railway system is undergoing a major overhaul in 2019, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)