On the north side of Santa Clara, just across the Río Cubanicay, is the Tren Blindado, a military train that was carrying soldiers and weapons when it was derailed by Che and a group of rebels on the morning of December 28, 1958—a decisive moment in the Cuban Revolution. Guevara's troops went on to take the city, cutting Havana off from the eastern half of the country, which prompted Batista's flight from Cuba and Castro's victory—all in a matter of days. Several
train cars, some containing displays, lie in the grass next to the tracks in memory of that battle; the bulldozer used to destroy the tracks stands on a nearby cement slab.
Northern end of Calle Independencia, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba