It is time to visit the Simón Iturri Patiño Railway Museum in Machacamarca. Railway friends and the province of Ouro/Bolivia used the buildings and railway infrastructure of the terminal station of the privately owned Machacamarca – Unica Railroad for Bolivia’s largest railway museum.
Among the attractions is the first German steam locomotive baptized with the name of Patiño’s youngest daughter Luzmila, who arrived in Oruro in 1913. Patiño used the German steam locomotive for the construction of the railroad that would connect La Salvadora mines with the city of Oruro, communicating the towns of Uncía, Llallagua and Huanuni.
Another steam locomotive from 1944 is of American origin, with a weight of 42 tons, maximum speed 60 kilometers painted in black with red and yellow stripes.
In the museum, you can see also a 1938 Buick car on rails, imported into the country in 1940 whose role was to transport Simón I Patiño to the towns of Uncía, Llallagua, Huanuni. The local population nowed this luxurious car on rails as “Alcapone”.
Observe at the museum the difference of comfort of rail carriages for the local population and the management of the mines. The museum gives you a good impression about Bolivia’s industrialization in the recent past and is worth a stop when visiting the region of Oruro or when you are traveling from La Paz to Uyuni on the road.