Santa Clara railway station (Cuba)
|Ferrocarriles de Cuba|
|Location||Parque de los Mártires, Av. Unión |
Santa Clara, Cuba
|Owned by||National Government|
|Line(s)||Havana-Santa Clara-Camagüey-Santiago |
Santa Clara-Isabela de Sagua
Santa Clara to Placetas-Trinidad
Santa Clara is the main railway station of the city of Santa Clara, seat of Villa Clara Province, Cuba. It is owned by the state company Ferrocarriles de Cuba (FFCC) and is located in front of Parque de los Mártires (Martyrs Park). It is one of the most important stations of Cuba and, along with Havana Central, Santiago and Camagüey, is a network's divisional headquarter.
Opened in 1860 as part of the Cienfuegos-Villa Clara railroad and named Paradero Villa Clara (Villa Clara station). The first building, a large wooden structure, burned to the ground in 1895, at that moment, it was rebuilt by Marta Abreu (benefactress of the city) and the city council decided to rename that building after her. This second building, a Colonial architecture structure of brick walls and red tiled roof, was again remodeled in 1925, for the one still standing, keeping the name of Marta Abreu. Due to that reason the station is also known as Estación Marta Abreu (Santa Clara Marta Abreu).
Santa Clara station has a large one-floor building in Spanish Colonial style. It counts 6 tracks, one of which is terminal (the nr. 6), and the nr. 5 is not served by any platform. Just after the level crossing is located the main shed, and another one is 100 m in the north, on the line to Camajuaní and the University. Close to the main depot and just side the line to Camagüey, is located the Tren Blindado (armoured train) memorial of the Battle of Santa Clara.
All the lines serving the station, included the main one (Havana-Camagüey-Santiago), are not electrified and have a single track. Only the route to Esperanza (10 km, toward Havana) has a double track, due to the usage of the second rail for the line to Cienfuegos.
The station is served by several long-distance trains linking almost the whole island as the flagship Tren Francés (French Train) Havana-Camagüey-Santiago. Other long-distance trains, principally departing/ending at Havana Central, link Santa Clara to Holguín, Guantánamo, Bayamo, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Ciego de Ávila, Las Tunas and other cities.
There are some inter-regional trains to Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, Morón and Nuevitas, some regionals to Caibarién and Sagua la Grande, and a suburban train connecting "Santa Clara" to the other city station (Santa Clara Universidad, ), serving the "Marta Abreu" University.
- Santa Clara-Placetas route is part of Havana-Santiago line
- See the File:Esquema ferrocarril cuba.png
- (in Spanish) Article about Santa Clara "Marta Abreu" station
- Infos about Guantanamero express train
- Train travel in Cuba: infos, timetables, pictures
- Infos about El Espirituano express train
- Infos about Morón-Santa Clara train
- Infos about Santa Clara-Caibarién train
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