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2018 - Mexico - Hacienda Sotuta de Peón - Decauville Rail Line

2018 - Mexico - Hacienda Sotuta de Peón - Decauville Rail Line

After a visit to a Mayan Señor's home, we continued riding on the Decauville railway line to our next stop Dzul-Ha cenote.

Decauville has an interesting history, I think.

Decauville tram installations for henequen plantations in the Mexican region of the Yucatán, were so extensive (approximately 4,500 kilometres of track) that the system became the de facto mass transit system for the region.

Some ex-haciendas of the area still have small operating, usually burro (donkey) powered, Decauville systems like this one at Hacienda Sotuta de Peón.

Decauville was a manufacturing company founded by Paul Decauville a French pioneer in industrial railways. Decauville's major innovation was the use of ready-made sections of light, narrow gauge track fastened to steel sleepers; this track was portable and could be disassembled and transported very easily.

Starting in 1875, his company produced track elements, engines and cars. Those were exported to many countries, in particular to the colonial possessions of European powers.

The French military became interested in the Decauville system as early as 1888.

By the First World War, the Decauville system had become a military standard and the French and British eventually built thousands of miles of trench railways track including that used in trenches of the Maginot line.

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Photo taken @ Itzincab on 22 October 2018 (© Ted's photos - For Me & You / Flickr)

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