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Steam Engines

 
 
Steam Engines Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
1. Steam Engines Marker
Inscription.
Las máquinas de vapor
En México, la primera máquina movida por vapor fue una bomba que se utilizó para desaguar las minas. Posteriormente, la nueva fuerza tendría su aplicación en muchas áreas de varias industrias, entre ellas la textil, azucarera, papelería, petrolera, eléctrica, en la fundición y en la del transporte, como la navegación y los ferrocarriles.

En efecto, los ferrocarriles mexicanos se movieron durante más de un siglo por la fuerza del vapor, y la aplicación de esta tecnología no solo se dio en las locomotoras, sino también en todo un conjunto de equipos auxiliares, como grúas, martinetes, malacates y en la maquinaria de los talleres instalados a lo largo de todo el sistema ferroviario.

En 1944 las locomotoras de vapor comenzaron a ser sustituidas por potentes máquinas diesel, y las "Negras", como cariñosamente llamaron los maquinistas a las locomotoras de vapor, se fueron quedando en casas redondas. A inicios de la década de 1970 ya ninguna de estas potentes máquinas se encontraba en servicio regular. Muchos maquinistas y obreros del ferrocarril no soportaron la partida de sus "morenas" y se fueron con ellas.

Los días del vapor en México no se terminaron con la partida de las viejas locomotoras, el uso de esta fuerza motriz continua en un buen número de industrias, en virtud de su
Steam Engines Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
2. Steam Engines Marker
The marker can barely be seen here in profile, behind some directional signs at the museum to the side of the orange diesel electric locomotive in the background.
eficiencia en relación con otras fuentes de energia.

English translation:
Steam Engines
In Mexico, the first steam-driven machine was a pump that was used to remove water from mines. Subsequently, this new type of energy would have its application in many areas of various industries, including textiles, sugar refineries, paper mills, petroleum, electricity generation, foundries and in transport, such as navigation and railways.

Indeed, Mexican railways moved for more than a century by the force of steam, and the application of this technology not only occurred in locomotives, but also in a whole set of auxiliary equipment, such as cranes, hammers, winches and in the machinery of the workshops installed throughout the railway system.

In 1944, steam locomotives began to be replaced by powerful diesel engines, and the "Negras" (“Blacks”), as the machinists affectionately called the steam locomotives, were left in the roundhouses. At the beginning of the 1970s, none of these powerful machines were in regular service. Many machinists and railroad workers were saddened by the departure of their "morenas" and left with them.

The steam days in Mexico did not end with the departure of the old locomotives as the use of this driving force continues in a good number of industries, by virtue of its efficiency in relation
Steam Engines Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
3. Steam Engines Marker
The marker can be seen here in the distance, right of center and in front of a steam engine in the background. The 1869 Puebla train station can be seen to the right.
to other sources of energy.
 
Location. 19° 3.211′ N, 98° 12.228′ W. Marker is in Puebla, Puebla, in Municipality of Puebla. Marker can be reached from Calle 11 Norte just south of Avenida 14 Poniente, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Mexican National Railroad Museum, to the north a few steps after the entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Puebla 72090, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Railway Stations of Puebla (here, next to this marker); FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive (a few steps from this marker); Passenger Car (a few steps from this marker); Railroads in the Mexican Revolution (a few steps from this marker); National Railroads of Mexico (a few steps from this marker); The Hero of Nacozari (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Crane NM-0-19638 (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Locomotive NM-601 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Puebla.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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