A reader updates us on a couple of interesting steam engines with connections to one of Colombia’s most notorious drug barons.
Juan Camilo Lozano, from Tuluá, in the Valle del Cauca, Colombia, has sent us some photographs of a 3ft gauge 0-4-0 railway locomotive and a steam roller which he’s seen in his country, both of which were owned by the late ‘drug lord’, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria. They are located in the Hacienda Nápoles theme park in Puerto Triunfo, in Antioquia, Colombia.
The locomotive is a US-built Baldwin, No. 27133 dating from 1905, which worked for the Ferrocarril Antioquia, in the ownership of which it was Fleet No. 13.
The steam roller is another American machine, and has the looks of a Kelly-Springfield product, built in Springfield, Ohio. But without access to its works plate, it’s impossible to tell it apart from an almost identical Buffalo roller, since the design was so very similar.
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