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Asunción's first locomotive

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Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril)

Asunción's first locomotive

The locomotive named 'Sapucai', has the honour of being one of the first steam powered beasts on rails to cross the Rio de la Plata area. Can you imagine the scene as the inhabitants of Asunción climbed on board a train for the first time? The city railway station opened in 1861 and interestingly, it was one of the first in Latin America to cater for passengers, not just cargo. You can recreate this nineteenth century experience by feeling and looking closely at the iron of the famous locomotive and its wagons, which are kept at the Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway Museum at the Railway Station. Until recently there was a tourist railway from Asunción, which is now closed, but they are looking into reopening and reinstating this trip to the past.



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