Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Santa Clara

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Learn about the Cuban Revolution at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a national monument, museum, and memorial garden. The site centers around an armored train that President Batista sent to Santa Clara in 1958 in an attempt to change the outcome of the war. Carrying 373 armed soldiers, ammunition, and two month's worth of provisions, the train was attacked by 18 guerrillas under the command of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The officers surrendered after Guevara bulldozed a portion of the track. The train carriages make up the museum rooms, displaying photographs and artifacts. Tour the memorial garden to see an obelisk dedicated to Guevara, and the bulldozer he used to orchestrate this victory against the odds. To visit Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado on your holiday in Santa Clara, and find out what else Santa Clara has to offer, use our Santa Clara vacation route planner.
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  • Not over impressive but as you are there visiting the Che mausoleum it is just behind you. It is all part of the same square.  more »
  • To get there you have to walk a bit, relative to the center of the city of Santa Clara, but I recommend you get there. It is a fundamental piece of history, you can't leave out. The entrance ticket costs 1 Cuc, there are 4 train wagons containing pictures and descriptions of everything that happened. Recommend getting there early in the morning, because the afternoon after a certain hour (17 if nn mistake me) closes, and the 10-11 starts to make really hot! Inside the coaches seem to be in the sauna!
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  • Che Guevara is ubiquitous in Santa Clara, so also in this place where the rebels brought an armoured train of the Batista regime using a bulldozer to derail. Irony of fate is that it's a US product from the manufacturer Caterpillar. Tickets cost 1 CUC. Unfortunately are the labels of the 4 cars inside not all in English.
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