GREGORIO ARLEE MANALICH
HAVANA REGION
RUBEN MARTINEZ VILLENA
BORIS LUIS SANTA COLOMA
AMISTAD CON LOS PUEBLOS
Originally named Mercedita, this mill to the south of Havana was renamed Gregorio Arlee Manalich in honour of another of
Cuba's revolutionaries.  In 1954 the 20-year old Gregorio helped striking workers who were protesting in support of some
140 comrades who had been dismissed from the Mercedita mill.  He became a committed fighter against the perceived
injustices of the existing regime.  Following an attack on a Government weapons store in Mariano he was captured and
tortured before finally dying in captivity on 19 May 1958.   
Gregorio Arlee Manalich was unique in having both standard gauge and narrow gauge (2'6") lines at the same mill -
although steam on the standard gauge was far less frequent than on the narrow gauge.  The mill also liked to change the
livery of its locomotives on a regular basis as will be seen from the photo above of Baldwin 2-8-0 No.1351 (built 1917 and
taken in April 2000) compared to the livery of other locomotives shown below in different years.

My only visit to the mill co-incided with some fairly untypical bad weather and I am therefore indebted to Rob Dickinson
and David Eatwell for providing me with photographs from their own collections to help illustrate this particular mill.
As mentioned above, the mill had
two different railway systems with
different gauges but a single engine
shed.   In this shot Baldwin 2-8-0
No.1351 stands on the narrow
gauge whilst in the background can
be seen a standard gauge 2-6-0
Baldwin No.1402
(Picture:  David Eatwell)
Baldwin 2-8-0 No.1307 brings a
loaded train into the mill and passes
the main control tower which
controlled operations at the mill
(Picture:  David Eatwell)
A delightful shot of Baldwin 2-8-0
No.1306 shunting a loaded cane
train in front of the mill at
Gregorio Arlee Manalich
(Picture: David Eatwell)
Baldwin 2-8-0 No.1307 preparing
to set off for the mill with a cane
train from one of the loading points
on the narrow gauge system
(Picture:  David Eatwell)
A year earlier (in 1997) Baldwin
2-8-0 No.1306 is seen coming off
shed in a livery somewhat different
to that which it carried in the
following year
(Picture:  Rob Dickinson)
Baldwin 2-8-0 No.1308 was the
oldest locomotive on the roster
having been built in 1900.  Here it
sits outside the shed in the fetching
new brown livery in February 1998.
Picture:  Rob Dickinson)
One year later and Baldin 2-8-0
No.1307 has undergone an image
change as it reverses its train back
into the mill.  Personally I really like
this livery although the blue colour
scheme used in later years also
seemed to suit these engines well
(Picture:  Rob Dickinson)
Incoming trains had to be reversed
back into the mill after arrival,
Baldwin 2-8-0 No.1307 wears a
plain black livery as it performs this
manoeuvre on 21st February 1997.
(Picture: Rob Dickinson)
Also wearing the 1998 livery is
Baldwin 2-6-0 No.1338 seen
standing in light steam on the exit
road from the shed
Picture:  David Longman)
Later the same day Baldwin 2-6-0
No.1338 brings in a loaded train.
Taken from the balcony of the
control tower,  immediately in front
of the engine can be seen a flat
crossing with one set of rails being
narrow gauge and the other being
standard gauge.  Under the loco
wheels is another flat crossing - this
time with both sets of rails being
narrow gauge.
(Picture:  David Longman)
In complete contrast Baldwin 2-8-0
No.1351 is seen from almost exactly
the same location.  However by 2000
the weather has improved and the
locomotive livery has been changed
again - this time to a rather
attractive light blue.
(Picture : Rob Dickinson)
By 2001 the mill had changed the
colour scheme again!  This time to
an enhanced version of the 1998
scheme. Baldwin 2-8-0 No,1365
(built 1924) sets off for the mill with
a short train from the Jicotea
loading point.  Note the bullock
cart in the background - a
disappearing site with the increasing
number of motor vehicles.
(Picture:  Rob Dickinson)
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