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    Question Train from SD to Santiago

    I read somewhere that a rail system from SD to Santiago was approved and soon to be built, and it will be the first rail in the country.

    I thought I saw I seen in "Time of The Butterflies where one or all of the sisters were getting on a train.

    seen..scene..obscene!!
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    The railway line from the port of Haina to Santiago will not be the frist railway in the country. As far as I know there was one from La Vega to Sanchez in former times. Surely the elder Dominican people of this forum will know more about it.

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    There is a building in Sanchez that supposedly houses some railraod cars from the rail line that served to transport cane. I don't know much about it, or whether it had passenger service, but I would surely like to know.

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    Yes, there was a train that ran to Sanchez. Some of the old cars and equipment can still be seen there. Unfortunately, it has not been cared for; no effort has been made to preserve this piece of history.

    At the time of the train, the Bay of Samana was a major port for ships from all over the world. Passengers were arriving and departing, and the products produced, for example, in Samana, such as chocolate, were being shipped to Europe and the US.

    Once the highways connecting the country to Santo Domingo were constructed, Samana Bay lost its value as an international port. Products from the Cibao and elsewhere were sent to Santo Domingo by highway to be shipped from there.

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    Thumbs down Don't buy your ticket just yet!!!!

    So far this "project" looks like just another way to line the pockets of the politicians! The company with the "So-called" contract has never built a railroad before!!! There is a story in the DR1 news archives about this (?????????) I 'm at a loss to call,"IT", anything! CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCccris

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    Wink If this isn't a hare brain idea?

    Aside from building a Panama Canal type project from Puerto Plata to Haina, I don't know of anything more stupid than the Haina to Santiago train.

    When people already can travel comfortably in modern buses to and from Santiago, I can't imagine anybody driving to Haina, paying an excessive highway tool, then pay a hefty parking fee to hold you car and risk your life in a patronage driven train, where maintenance will be non-existent and delays will be the order of the day.

    I can almost imagine when the train passes by Villa Altagracia getting huge rocks thrown at it by the town's vandals. Then I can almost see the train conductor crossing his fingers at every crossroad hoping a drunk driver doesn't challenge the train's right of way. Then, during a blackout you could just sit there for hours waiting for electricity, while gang of muggers sorround the train in a desolated area. The electric gates and warning lights will not work with a blackout, leaving the train at the mercy of gate jumpers and trains in opposite ways colliding because of faulty lights. What about stray cows, donkeys and horses challenging the train moving at high speeds?

    Who is going to protect the tracks from being dismantled by metal and wood thieves? Who's going to protect the tracks from vandals, when our police and army can't protect our border?

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    Default It might not be as bad as you think

    I can't say that I'm very informed about this issue, but there is one thing I can be sure off: If a train is built between Haina and Santiago its main purpose will not be to move people around.

    First of all, as you well say, who the heck is going to drive to Haina to catch a train????

    But, more importantly, think about the hundreds of containers that leave the Zona Franca at Santiago each week and what the cost of moving those containers around is. This is what the train promoters have set their eyes on. I have no idea if they have prepared a decent value-based analysis of the whole thing, but if you ask me I don't think it's a crazy idea at all.

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    I agree, jojocho: anything that frees up the roads from all those smoke-belching heavy goods vehicles cannot be a bad thing. It gets my vote.

    I would also welcome a passenger train - for the simple fact that train journeys are scenic and romantic.

    And the best thing would be that we could then start a Trainspotters' Forum on DR1 that would make the airline forum crowd actually look cool!

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    Wink Train to nowhere but corruption

    If you didn't pay attention to what I said, maybe this will help. Yesterday, the con-man Hippo and his stalwarts hired to build this train to nowhere was just sentenced to two years in prison by a Puerto Rican U.S. Federal Court for corruption.

    Jose Miguel Ventura Asilis(Cuquito), a well known Dominican mafiosi was caught with his hands in the cookie jar in the wrong place. However, he was a VIP at our national palace and could get into Hippo's office any day.

    This man, who tried to convince the judge that he was just conducting business as usual, bribing government officials to get juicy contracts, is the same man who is going to build this railroad for Hippo.

    Let me know if you want to buy advance tickets for the grand opening of the train at Vieques Island Federal Prison.

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    The train in the Time of the butterflies was another one of those liberties that were taken to change the movie by its prodcution company.

    One of many I might add.

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