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Cuba takes first step in railways upgrade with Chinese, Russian help

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s first new train passenger cars in more than four decades set off on their maiden journey across the island on Saturday in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit railway system with help from allies Russia and China.

People wait in a vintage car as Cuba’s Chinese-made first new train passenger cars move after departing from La Coubre train station in Havana, Cuba, July 13, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Cuba’s railway system is one of the oldest in the world; its first stretch was launched in the 1830s. But it has suffered from a…

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