Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Museo del Ferrocarril Mexicano del Sur

Boxcar art

He used to be at the gallery Arte de Oaxaca
The state of Oaxaca had been one of the states with the greatest difficulty for communication with the rest of México because of its rugged terrain so the railroad was a priority to connect with the port of Veracruz, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Central America.  Work began on September 9, 1889. General Porfirio Diaz came to Oaxaca, arriving by train with his cabinet, marking the opening on November 13, 1892. The railway connected Puebla with Oaxaca. It was the last time Porfirio Diaz and his Cabinet visited Oaxaca. The old railway station, Oaxaca, is located on Calzada Madero No. 511, in the historic center of the city.  It has a linear trace consisting of the main building which housed the offices of the chief of station, the ticket office, waiting room, express office, telegraph office, the dining room and kitchen.  Across the tracks were workshops, a boiler house and water tank that served mainly for the old steam locomotives.  The main building was constructed from quarry stone and its roof was covered with sheet zinc. It had a tower located on the north side of the building, which disappeared due to an earthquake.  After the earthquake the roof was replaced with a vaulted roof.

Street entrance

Mouse of aerosol cans
Today the building is maintained as a museum with many old railroad artifacts.  The tracks remain behind the station and some rolling stock from the 70’s or 80’s is on display.  There are play areas for children and the space gets used for art exhibitions.  The space also hosts concerts and occasional movies.  I have more pictures on my picasa web album.  They maintain a website.

The old station platform and remaining tracks

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