Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado

Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado information

Location
Santa Clara , Cuba
Prices
boxcar museum admission CUC$1
Opening hours
boxcar museum 9am-5:30pm Mon-Sat
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History was made at the site of this small boxcar museum on December 29, 1958, when Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of 18 rifle-wielding revolutionaries barely out of their teens derailed an armored train using a borrowed bulldozer and homemade Molotov cocktails.

The battle lasted 90 minutes and improbably pulled the rug out from under the Batista dictatorship, ushering in 50 years of Fidel Castro. The museum – east on Independencia, just over the river – marks the spot where the train derailed and ejected its 350 heavily armed government troops. The celebrated bulldozer is mounted on its own plinth at the entrance.