Palmar Sur to celebrate its restored historic engine

Residents of Palmar Sur on the south Pacific coast have restored Engine #84 and plan a fiesta to celebrate Friday.

This is the Baldwin steam engine that is in the Palmar Sur park. Restoration was prompted by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral del Palmar Sur. The Museo Nacional recognized the effort in a summary Wednesday.

The engine is well known to tourists, but it has suffered from the weather and vandals. The engine has been restored to its original colors.

The development association plans to eventually put a protective roof over the engine and perhaps over a rail car when it is added.

The engine was a key machine in the collection of bananas since its arrival in 1940 to 1985 when the banana business went bust, it hauled the fruit daily from Palmar Sur south to Golfito and waiting ships. There also was passenger service.

In anticipation of the fiesta Friday, the Museo Nacional plans a roundtable over the nearby stone spheres at 5 p.m. today in the Universidad Estatal a Distancia facilities.  Archaeologist  Francisco Corrales will moderate.

The Baldwin locomotive has been retired to the Palmar Sur park.

The Baldwin locomotive has been retired to the Palmar Sur park.

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