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Antigua Estación del Ferrocarril — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca


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Originally constructed in 1892, Oaxaca’s old train station in México’s now defunct national passenger rail system has recently been renovated and turned into a modest museum in honor of that bygone era. The renovation of the station building itself was nicely done, although there is little to see here in the way of exhibits, except for a few of the tools of the trade, along with a couple of refurbished boxcars converted into playrooms for kids.

The admission is free, and there is a large grassy field behind the station, so the folks in the neighborhood seem to have decided to make this place their very own local park. No harm there. The evenings and weekends seem to be the busiest, especially when there's a special event, such as live music, a market, or an art exhibit. Also on the premises, about a hundred meters northwest of the main entrance, just past the warehouse, is an ancient Montezuma Cypress tree, the same species as El Tule, the second stoutest tree in the world. This specimen, although estimated to be over five hundred years old, is nowhere near as wide or healthy looking as El Tule. Actually, it’s looking pretty worn out, like it’s barely hanging on.

It’s clear that whoever put this modest museum together had little money to work with. It’s also clear that their hearts were in the right place when they did so. So it’s kind of hard to slam them for their modest efforts. It’s just that none of this adds up to much of a reason to make the long schlep out here from the Centro, unless, of course, you or one of your kids is really into trains, or maybe if you’re just looking for an excuse to take a long walk through some neighborhoods most tourist never get around to seeing. The museum is located a couple of kilometers (a little over a mile) northwest of the Zócalo on the south side of busy Francisco Madero highway.


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