LUIS ARCOS BERGNES
VILLA CLARA REGION
IFRAIN ALFONSO
MARCELO SALADO
CARLOS CARABELLO
DIEZ DE OCTUBRE
Luis Arcos Bergnes was one of the eighty two revolutionaries who sailed from Mexico to Cuba on
board the yacht Granma to ignite the Cuban Revolution.  He joined the Cuban army in 1951 and was a
skilled marksman and sniper.   Following the Batista coup of 1952 he was persuaded to stay in the
army by his friends those who thought his position there might be helpful during the coming struggle.  
His brother was wounded in the storming of the Moncada Barracks on 26 July 1953 and as a result of
Luis’s vocal opposition to the massacre of the insurgents he was imprisoned in La Cabana.   Following
his release he became involved in various revolutionary activities and eventually joined Fidel Castro in
Mexico.   Following the disastrous landing in Cuba on 2 December 1956 the surviving revolutionaries
separated to make their separate ways to the Sierra Maestra mountains and on 8 December he and
several other insurgents were captured and murdered by government forces near Niquero.    
Baldwin 2-6-0 No.1539 (built
1920) brings a short train of
loaded wagons towards the mill at
LUis Arcos Bergnes in March 1997
The locomotives at this mill were
always kept in good condition and
No.1539 looks well maintained as
it takes water in the mill yard
(March 1997)
The system map for Luis Arcos Bergnes.  On both of my visits (in 1997 and 1998) only the line to the south was in use
By the start of the season in 1998
this 2-8-0 Baldwin No.1755 (built
1917) had been transferred here
from George Washington Mill
which by this stage had almost
abandoned steam working.  It has
been given a fresh coat of paint
and proudly wears the identity of
its new mill location.
Balwin 2-8-0 No.1755 runs tender
first, working a train of empty
wagons out to the loading point
Having shunted its empty wagons,
No.1755 stands in front of the
loading point waiting for sufficient
wagons to be loaded prior to
returning them to the mill
Making up the train.  It could be very
frustrating waiting for sufficient
wagons to be loaded before the train
set off across the fields
Sufficient wagons have been
loaded and the crew of No.1755
make their final preparations
before departure
Rear three-quarter view of No.1755
taking water at the mill
IFRAIN ALFONSO
MARCELO SALADO
CARLOS CARABELLO
DIEZ DE OCTUBRE
No.1755 shunting the caboose in the yards at Luis Arcos Bergnes.  The
other line leading to a cane loading point was the FCC main line (see
map) and the caboose would be needed when operating trains on this
line (above)





During my 1998 visit No.1539 was on shed in operational condition
having obviously received a repaint since the end of the previous Zafra
(right)
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