ZAFRA 2003 ReporT         

STEAM IN PARADISE 2003 ZAFRA REPORT part 1

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411 Jose Maria Perez.
1728 arrived from Carbo Servia in December for use on the shunt. This was only possible when fuel supplies were available as the mill does not yet have a tank for bunker fuel.

413 Espartaco.
Mill closed and being dismantled. All locos dumped or dismantled.

418 Obdulio Morales/448 Simon Bolivar.
The intermill molasses workings have finished. All cane duties are now all handled by Obdulio Morales diesels. The Jobo Rosado line is closed as locals have lifted part of the line!

424 Primero de Mayo.
Mill closed and being dismantled. The future of stored 1543 & 1848 is uncertain.

427 Quintin Banderas.
1547 dumped leaving only 1548 on shunt. All other cane duties diesel.

428 Marcelo Salado.
Now a museum operation. 1342/1343/1429 available for tourist or molasses tanks duties. 1147 preserved. Cane moved by lorry.

433 Marta Abreu.
Fireless 1239 stored out of use.

434 Panchito Gomez Toro.
1626 in use on shunt and to the adjacent LP.

435 Hermanos Ameijeiras.
Mill and railway closed. 1431 (and the Brush diesels) stranded in the shed with tracks in the patio area lifted to provide land for growing vegetable crops!

437 Carlos Carraballo.
Mill closed. 1550 still dismantled.

438 Ramon Ponciano.
All cane duties diesel.

440 Ifrain Alfonso.
Most of the line work was diesel, but on occasions 1635 or 1850 were used. 1635 was often used as pilot. 1637 was loaned at times to mill 441 as cover for 1661. 1910 out of action with boiler plate problems.

441 Diez de Octubre.
Mill closed with intermills to mill 440 behind diesel. 1661 used on pilot duties and taking cane to Ranchuelo. On occasions it was used on line work. 1637 deputised when 1661 required repairs or was on tourist train duty. The overhaul of 1639 has still to be completed.

443 Pepito Tey.
Mill closed, but part of the line has been reopened as a tourist operation with 1236 & 1357 serviceable.

446 Carlos Balino.
1555 dumped at the side of the mill. 1432 reportedly moved to F.N.T.A.

449 George Washington.
0-4-0 tram back in position on the plinth.

Trinidad.
1517 operating almost daily on the tourist train. 1551 still awaiting a re-tyred front bogie. 1432 reported to be under overhaul at F.N.T.A.

503 Orlando Gonzales Ramirez.
Steam only used as cover for diesel failure and tourist duties. 1732 was available and later in the season also 1563. In April 1732 shed a driving wheel tyre following a derailment. 1837 was under overhaul. 1836 has been sent to mill 517. Limones Palmero was only used early in the season.

504 Ecuador.
1461/1821/1904 were prepared for pilot duties, tourist trains and as cover for diesel failure. They did see some service on line work. 1578 under overhaul. 1564 sent to mill 517.

506 Bolivia.
Mill closed with diesel intermills. 1170/1171/1172 dumped. 1169 sent to mill 517.

511 Brasil.
1250/1251/1368/1369 working, with 1370 as reserve.

515 Ciro Redondo.
1826 or 1829 in use at times on pilot duty. All other cane duties diesel.

517 Patria.
A museum operation with 1836 and 1564 available for tourist duties. Fireless 1169 from 506 is a static exhibit.

520 Noel Fernandez.
Mill not working.

522 Venezuela.
Scheduled to be open this year, but due to the milling capacity not being required, the mill was again closed with cane going to mill 515 and mill 504 mostly with diesel. 1742 was available and worked some trains.

601 Salvadore Rosales.
1592 out of use requiring repairs.

615 Bartolome Maso.
All normal cane duties diesel.

                                       

635 Rafael Freyre.
Mill closed and being dismantled. Only a museum operation remains with no cane duties. 1386 & 1388 used.

Parque Lenin.
1350 has arrived from mill 105 Sandino. It is reported to be too heavy for the line and operates in a very sedate manner around the circuit.

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