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03.10.2017

Infrastructure

In the City of Buenos Aires, works began on 25th September 2017 to relay sections of the San Martin and Mitre suburban lines on an elevated alignment, in order to eliminate a total of 27 level crossings. To that end, the Lisandro de la Torre station on the Retiro – Tigre line (Mitre) and the La Paternal station on the San Martin line were closed to facilitate the works.
The electrification of the link line Temperley – Florencio Varela – Berazategui is progressing well and is expected to become operational within the next weeks.
There is, however, slow progress on the Roca suburban line electrification to La Plata. Recent reports suggest that electric trains may reach the province capital La Plata by the end of 2017.
Work is progressing on the refurbishment of the Belgrano metre gauge lines in the north of the country. This will be to the benefit of freight trains. Some 500 km of lines in the provinces of Santa Fe, Chaco and Santiago del Estero have already been modernised. The upgraded section from Pampa del Infierno via Chorotis, Tostado and Santurce now allows to run heavy freight trains from Chaco province to the port of Rosario.
During September, refurbishment work started on some 400 km of lines in the Jujuy and Salta provinces.This mainly includes the El Chalicán – Pichanal – Embarcación and Pichanal – Joaquín V. González – Talavera lines, but there is also work being carried out on some sections between Talavera and Pampa del Infierno. The overall plan is to refurbish 1600 km of metre gauge lines. It has also been decided to build an avoiding line for freight trains around the city of Santa Fe with a length of 63 km.
Works on the Buenos Aires – Rosario track relay project have concluded; there is, however, very little impact on travel times.
(Source: SOFSE; Misdiasenlavía and Argentinian media)

Long-distance passenger traffic

SOFSE introduced the long-awaited additional train services between Buenos Aires (Plaza Constitución) and Bahía Blanca on the 10th July 2017. This brings the number of weekly round-trips to three: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Buenos Aires and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from Bahía Blanca. Only the line via Pigüé is being used. All trains now serve the town of Saavedra; the protests from local civilians and the local authorities which went on over months were eventually successful.
Further progress was achieved, when Trenes Argentinos Operaciones (SOFSE) finally introduced an improved timetable between Buenos Aires (Retiro) and Junín on the San Martin line, effective 11th September 2017. A train departs early in the day from Junín to Buenos Aires on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the return journeys leave on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday evenings from Buenos Aires. Additional intermediate stops were also introduced; and trains now call at Franklin, Castilla, Rawson and Chacabuco. However, the trains still omit Mercedes, the biggest town along the route. Efforts are currently made to convince SOFSE to introduce daily round-trips on the route as there is sufficient passenger potential, and additional stops are also suggested.
A new timetable became effective on 1st October 2017 on the Buenos Aires – Tucumán route. SOFSE cut travel times between Buenos Aires and Rosario Norte by 16 minutes, but significantly extended travel times north of Rafaela with the result that the overall travel time now stands at 32 hours, a hefty 5 hours more! There is no obvious reason for that step as the trains could usually cope with the scheduled 27 hours travel time. Similarly, the Buenos Aires – Rosario train now takes 15 minutes less for the journey, while travel times of the Buenos Aires – Córdoba trains remain unchanged.
(Source: SOFSE)

No additional Trains

Transport Minister G. Dietrich has made clear that no further railway lines will be re-opened for passenger trains. This came as a reply to various demands by the city of Tandil regarding the restitution of the Buenos Aires – Las Flores – Tandil service. The Transport Minister also specified that no passenger trains will run anymore on the lines Lobos – 25 de Mayo – Bolívar, Tandil – Gardey, Olavarría – Pringles – Bahía Blanca, General Guido – Pinamar, Mar del Plata – Miramar and west of Chivilcoy to Bragado, Lincoln, Pehuajó and General Pico.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía, regional newspapers)

Buenos Aires Once - Chivilcoy

Various reports suggest that SOFSE may increase the number of services between Buenos Aires (Once) and Chivilcoy from one train per week to at least five round-trips. Both the city of Chivilcoy and trade unions demand this improvement.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía, regional newspapers)

Buenos Aires – Junín

A press release by the Ministry of Transport, dated September 2017, mentioned the possibility of a once-weekly extension of the Buenos Aires – Junín train beyond Junín to Rufino or even San Luis. This would, however, have to wait until water levels of the Laguna La Picasa recede so that the track in that section can be repaired. It seems that all this is rather election propaganda in the wake of the parliamentary elections this October, as it contradicts with other facts. Some two years ago, an extension of the journey only to Laboulaye was proposed – nothing happened, and on the other hand, the city of San Luis tirelessly requests the lifting of tracks in the urban perimeter, which would make it unreachable by rail.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía, regional newspapers)

Alta Córdoba – Cosquín – Cruz del Eje

Emepa have built some new railcars of the „Alerce“ class for the Tren de las Sierras Córdoba – Cosquín. The government has now announced that the line from Alta Córdoba to Cosquín will be refurbished and service will be enhanced with the 5 new railcars. Allegedly, there is a prospect of the entire line beyond Cosquín to Cruz del Eje going in traffic again, but no date for this has been mentioned. On the other side, the already quite extensive fleet has never fully been taken advantage of and, despite sufficient passenger potential, no local/suburban traffic to Córdoba has been introduced.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía, regional newspapers)

Güemes - Salta

All stations and halts from Güemes to Salta have been fitted with boarding ramps in order to allow operation of the Alerce railcars that were delivered a few months ago. A first run of the new railcars over this line took place on 2 October 2017, but it is still unclear whether the timetable will be increased in the future. Local communities along the line are demanding this for some time, and SOFSE confirmed it about a year ago.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía)

Asociación Rosarina Amigos del Riel

Members of the society Asociación Rosarina Amigos del Riel (ARAR) have, in cooperation with members of the Rosario City Government, presented plans to introduce regional rail links around Rosario. The ever increasing road traffic and the very many severe accidents, many of them involving public buses, require a speedy introduction of a suburban railway network. The railway lines exist, some of them in good condition, but most of them not sufficiently used. Services from Rosario to San Nicolás, Cañada de Gómez or places to the north of the city have been suggested. This was, however, met by a less than substantial reply from the government in Buenos Aires.
(Source: ARAR)

Villazón - La Quiaca

Empresa Ferroviaria Andina (FCA) and the Argentinian province of Jujuy have signed an agreement which evisages the re-opening of the Villazón (Boliva) to La Quiaca (Argentina) railway line. FCA will rehabilitate the track to the border and also the bridge spanning the border river, while the Jujuy province will have to refurbish La Quiaca station and the access to the bridge.
(Source: EJU.tv)

07.07.2017

Infrastructure

After construction work of a tunnel to put the Sarmiento suburban line below ground within Buenos Aires started, building of a new, 20 km long high-level line has also commenced. This line will introduce the Belgrano Sur suburban railway, currently terminating at the Buenos Aires station, by way of viaducts to the Plaza Constitución station. Plaza Constitución is to be upgraded and converted into a major regional transport hub where suburban railways, regional express railways, underground and bus lines converge.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Long-distance passenger traffic

On 3rd July 2017, Trenes Argentinos Operaciones finally resumed passenger traffic between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata. There is one daily round-trip over the full length of the line. Trains take 6 hrs 45 min to connect the two cities which are 399 km apart. 12 intermediate stations are being served: Coronel Brandsen, Chascomús, Lezama, Castelli, Sevigné, Dolores, General Guido, Maipú, Las Armas, General Pirán, Coronel Vidal and Vivoratá. For the first time, fares are varied according to expected demand. Tickets for the two classes of accommodation (Pullman and First) cost more than double on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays as well as during holiday periods as they do on other days.
The day after, a local train between Buenos Aires (Plaza Constitución) and Lezama was introduced, calling at Coronel Brandsen, Jeppener, Altamirano, Gandara, Chascomús, Adela and Monasterio. As the train to Mar del Plata, it runs daily, leaving Lezama in the early morning and returning from Buenos Aires in the evening. It is also formed of new Chinese carriages, and Pullman and First Class are available. The fare structures mirrors the one to Mar del Plata, too.
(Source: SOFSE)

Buenos Aires - Bahía Blanca/Junín

An increase from one to three weekly passenger trains on the lines from Buenos Aires to Bahía Blanca and Junín has been announced for mid-July 2017. It is, however, still unclear whether this includes calling at more intermediate stations, as this has been demanded by numerous local authorities and organisations.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía, regional newspapers, Rieles)

Tourist traffic

After a long period of closure, the tourist train of Villa Elisa in Entre Rios province has resumed its operation.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Neuquén – Cipolletti

Despite multiple announcements to introduce more trains on the local route Neuquén – Cipolletti and its extension to other settlements in the area – to Senillosa or Plottier -, nothing has come about so far. The government in Buenos Aires is withholding the already allocated funding as they consider local train traffic at Neuquén as «not strategically important».
(Source: Misdiasenlavía)

31.12.2016

Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata

Operation of the Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata corridor still hasn't resumed, although this was announced for December 2016. More than 30 trial runs took place, as it appears without major problems; and at this time it is still unknown what prevents the line from going in service.
(Source: El Reportero Ferroviario; Misdiasenlavía, La Razón de Chivilcoy)

Buenos Aires Once – Bragado

Reconstruction work on the La Clarita and Río Salado bridges near Chivilcoy is due to be completed shortly. Local authorities along the line are campaigning for an immediate re-opening to passenger traffic between Buenos Aires and at least Bragado once work has finished.
(Source: El Reportero Ferroviario; Misdiasenlavía, La Razón de Chivilcoy)

Railway station Saavedra

The municipality of Saavedra (in the southwest of Buenos Aires province) has, along with a numerous squad of volunteers, started refurbishment of their railway station. This happens to emphasise the request to re-introduce a stop at Saavedra to the weekly Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca train, as after the closure of Ferrobaires in mid-2016 no stops are provided anymore at Saavedra.
(Source: El Reportero Ferroviario; Misdiasenlavía, La Razón de Chivilcoy)

New Freight Wagons

Scores of new freight wagons manufactured in China were received at the port of Buenos Aires during November and December 2016, featuring vehicles for all three track gauges. So far, more than 2000 wagons have been delivered, including container flats, gondolas, hoppers, tank cars and others.
(Source: Misdiasenlavía)

Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca

The Ministry of Transport and the operator SOFSE have announced during the first weeks of 2017 that they intend to increase the frequency of the Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca train from one to three round-trips per week.
(Source: SOFSE)

Suburban lines of Buenos Aires

The Minister for Transport, Mr Dietrich, announced the procurement of a further 174 Electric Multiple Units for the suburban lines of Buenos Aires. At this time, it is not yet clear whether these trains will be manufactured in China. The communication just mentions that they should be similar to those currently in operation on the Mitre and Sarmiento lines (and those are, as everybody knows, from China).
(Source: Misdiasenlavía)

Jujuy – La Quiaca

Jujuy province has been granted funding to the tune of ARP 10m from the federal government towards the reconstruction of a section of the Jujuy – La Quiaca route. It is planned to rebuild a stretch of line in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Included in this work is a competition for refurbishment of the stations along the route.
(Source: Jujuy on line)

São Paulo – Argentinien

Freight operator Rumo (formerly known as ALL Logística) has announced that they will cease to serve the Customs facilities at Santana do Livramento and Uruguaiana, which would effectively mean the end of international freight traffic. Various freight customers who ship a total of over 25'000 containers per year via the São Paulo – Argentina corridor have lodged a protest with the National Authority for Land Transport (ANTT). As the public administration is in an ongoing process of downsizing, ANTT are not in a position to intervene in favor of re-opening those Customs facilities.
(Source: Revista Ferroviária)

20.12.2016

Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata

Reintroducing of Buenos Aires - Chascomús - Mar del Plata passenger services may again be delayed and can be postponed to January or February 2017. Exact reasons are not known, but apparently the authorities are detecting further irregularities on the tracks.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-7)

Neuquén - Cipolletti

Timings of this service have changed and there was a slight reduction of services. Mid december a road bridge collapsed between the two cities causing an extraordinary demand on the train. But no additional services have been put into service with the result that the few trips have been such overloaded that the door system of the railcars was blocked and many passengers couldn?t been conveyed at all.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-7)

La Trochita

In Rio Negro Province a special service will run over part of the well known narrow gauge on 21 January 2017! First a trip by diesel railcar from San Carlos de Bariloche dep. 07.00 to Ing. G. Jacobacci. At Jacobacci a Steam train will make the connection to Ojos de Agua (km 47 on the narrow gauge line) The return journey will commence the same day at 16.30 from Ojos de Agua with an arrival at San Carlos de Bariloche at 22.00, prices start at ARP 2582, Operator Tren Patagonico.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-7)

08.10.2016

Fire in DMU in Santiago del Estero

Two days after inauguration of the city railway of Santiago del Estero, the Tecnotren DMU caught fire because of a short circuit. This event is discouraging many people to use the new train.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-6)

Increased Pressure against the Government 

The Argentine public increases pressure against the government to reinstate passenger trains. The communities between Buenos Aires and 25 de Mayo initiated a petition in this sense, like as the inhabitants of Brandsen and Rio Negro province wants the rehabilitation of a direct passenger train service between Buenos Aires and San Carlos de Bariloche. Meanwhile the government hopes to have the line to Mar del Plata ready for passenger trains in January 2017.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-6)

No more long-distance Trains

In a press statement of 6 October 2016 the Argentine government stressed that no new long-distance passenger trains may be put into operation. Even the Ferrobaires services which have been suspended end June 2016 may not come back. Only the services to Rosario may be increased and those to Mar del Plata reinstated.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-6)

30.09.2016

Refurbishment Infrastructure

Various sources have now confirmed that refurbishment work on the Buenos Aires – Rosario and Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata lines has resumed. The Ministry of Transport is also expecting major progress until the end of 2016 and it is envisaged to resume train operations between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata for the upcoming summer season (January 2017 at the latest). It is also planned to reduce travel time between Buenos Aires and Rosario from 7 to 5 hours.
(Source: ARAR and private observers)

Rolling Stock of Casimiro

The company Don Casimiro, operator of the international train Posadas – Encarnación (Paraguay) appears to have taken over the remaining 20 Wadloper railcars which belonged to TBA. At the end of September they were transferred by low-loader vehicles from Pilar and other locations to Zárate. News from Argentina suggest that the railcars will be brought to Encarnación in order to be refurbished and overhauled. At present it is unknown where they will be used, but as Don Casimiro is interested in operating the suburban line from Posadas to Garupá on behalf of Trenes Argentinos, it is thinkable that some of the railcars will be used for this.
(Source: Crónica Ferroviaria)

Technical Problems at Tecnotren

The mechanical issues of the Tecnotren railbus used to cover the urban traffic at Santa Fé seem to be resolved only partly. Although some parts for the power unit could be sourced, the derailments continue. As track repairs have been carried out, it appears that the vehicle itself is the reason for the problem. However, the train runs as often as possible.
(Source: El Litoral)

Line Closuers

Yet another round of line closures happened on 28 July 2016, and this time it was the state railway who surprisingly cancelled all trains between Buenos Aires Plaza Constitución and Chascomús, without previous notice. Depending of the weekday, there were up to 12 round-trips on this 114 km-long line. Presumably, this was a consequence of the closure of Ferrobaires, as the line Buenos Aires – Chascomús – Mar del Plata is concessioned to Buenos Aires province with the infrastructure operated by Ferrobaires. Voices in Chascomús claim, however, that bus operators heavily pressurised Transport Minister Dietrich, because the trains were very popular and the number of bus passengers plummeted by over 80%. This doesn't come as a surprise, as a return ticket in tourist (i.e. Standard) class came at 100 Pesos, while the cheapest bus connections were priced at 200 Pesos for a single ticket and most of them actually charging 300 Pesos.
(Source: Fahrplancenter News; Trenes Argentinos)

21.08.2016

Suspensions

June 30, 2016 Ferrobaires suspended all long-distance passenger trains within the province of Buenos Aires. The services which have been suspended « until further notice » are: Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca (via Pigüé and via Pringles) Buenos Aires – Tandil – Vela, Temperley – 25 de Mayo, Mechita – Bragado – Olascoaga and Buenos Aires – Junín – Alberdí. The provincial government hopes that the federal state may take these services over.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-5)

Trenes Argentinos

State Railways Nuevos Ferrocarriles Argentinos/SOFSE have been again renamed to Trenes Argentinos.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-5)

General La Madrid

Trenes Argentinos added a further stop at its Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca train at General La Madrid.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-5)

Suspension

For unknown reasons all passenger trains between Buenos Aires and Chascomús have been suspended on July 28, 2016.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-5)

Tren a las Nubes 

Since July 9, 2016 Tren a las Nubes, the tourist train out of Salta is back and operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-5)

Buenos Aires – Neuquén – Zapala

A representant from Neuquén presented the project to reintroduce a direct Buenos Aires – Neuquén – Zapala passenger train (like the former “Estrella del Valle” Express) and this was backed by deputees from Rio Negro. In a vote in the federal senate the plan passed with 40 yes and 11 no, so the government may be urged to implement the project.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-5)

15.06.2016

Augusta Victoria - Socompa - Salta

Ferronor of Chile reopened the line from Augusta Victoria (Chile) via Socompa to Salta (Argentina) in April 2016 for freight traffic. Though trains are only running irregularly and not very often.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-4)

Paraná – Concepción and Basavilbaso – Villaguay

After several months without trains between Paraná and Concepción del Uruguay and Basavilbaso and Villaguay SOFSE/FA started to rehabilitate railcars and the tracks between Paraná and Concepción del Uruguay, the date for the resumption of traffic was not mentioned.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-4)

Buenos Aires, Bragado - Provinz La Pampa

A few days ago reconstruction of the La Clarita Railway bridge West of Chivilcoy commenced. This bidge collapsed during the floods of August 2015. With this reconstruction train services from Buenos Aires to Bragado and La Pampa province will resume later this year.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-4)

Wadloper railcars damaged

The Wadlopers railcars, which have been stored at Pilar station have been heavily damaged by arson, it is unclear if they will ever been rebuilt.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-4)

31.03.2016

Buenos Aires – Rosario

The unfinished remedial and relaying work on the Buenos Aires – Rosario main line resumed after a 9-month break. The first step is to replace the faulty (although newly laid!) concrete sleepers. There is some criticism about the fact that the works will continue with the same contractors and the same material as before the change of the federal government and it is expected that this will cause further problems. Construction work has resumed on a total of 94 km of line.
(Source: El Litoral)

Local traffic

According to local sources, the electrification of the suburban railway line to La Plata will suffer a delay of several months. However, electric trains started running between Buenos Aires (Plaza Constitución) and Quilmes in mid-February 2016. With some delay, electrification work has begun on the 7km-long section Quilmes – Berazateguí; poles carrying the overhead line were being put in place during March 2016. Official sources have confirmed that the remaining 29 km between Berazateguí and La Plata will see work commencing in the next weeks with a finishing date envisaged for the end of 2016. This is quite urgent as the bus substitution service is somewhat chaotic and insufficient.
(Source: El Día)

Neuquén - Cipolletti

Although the two Materfer railcars at Neuquén have been subject to frequent repairs, it appears to be impossible to operate them for a prolongued period. During some months now the trains were repeatedly cancelled, a fact that annoys customers and motivates them to revert to the bus in order to make their way from Neuquén to Cipolletti and vice-versa. Whether and when these problems can be solved is unknown.
(Source: La Mañana Neuquén)

20.02.2016

Tandil – Barker und Tandil – Vela – Benito Juárez

During the coming weeks Ferrobaires will introduce regular passenger services from Tandil to Barker (69 km) and to Vela and Benito Juárez (85 km) using a former Portuguese railways Nohab railcar. According to the press these services may run daily. The service Buenos Aires - 25 de Mayo gets former Por-tuguese Sorefame electric-multiple-units with a diesel loco to replace the Nohab railcar.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-2)

Tren Urbano in Santa Fe

Early January the Urban Train at Santa Fe started its opera-tion, but 4 days later it was suspended due to technical prob-lems which have not been released until now, due to the lack of spare parts.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-2)

10.01.2016

Alejandro Korn - Chascomús

Dezember 18, 2015 SOFSE introduced new local services between Alejandro Korn and Chascomús, offering 11 weekday, 9 Saturday and 8 Sunday connections to and from the electric suburban trains.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-1)

Damages caused by Floods in Bragado and Mar del Plata

The damages caused by floods have still not been repaired, so the lines to Bragado and Mar del Plata remain closed and for the first time Mar del Plata can not be reached by train during Summer.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-1)

31.12.2015

Concordia area

The heavy rainfall at the end of December 2015 has caused severe flooding in the Concordia area (Entre Ríos province) which damaged railway infrastructure currently under renovation. The rail infrastructure administrator ADIF is currently unable to tell at what stage freight traffic can be restored.
(Source: Crónica Ferroviaria)

Tren a las Nubes

Heavy rainfall in Salta province on 05 December 2015 led to the collapse of the railway bridge crossing the San Lorenzo river. Operation of the Tren a las Nubes has, therefore, been suspended. In difference to other line closures, Salta province, Nuevos Ferrocarriles Argentinos and ADIF immediately began with a provisional repair of the bridge to rescue the Tren a las Nubes stock which was blocked at Campo Quijano, west of Salta. This was possible after a few days of work. In the meantime, full reconstruction of the bridge is under way and according to local sources, the line is expected to be operational again in March. Tren a las Nubes is currently accepting bookings starting from 19 March 2016.
(Source: Crónica ferroviária, Tren a las Nubes)

Rio Salado Bridge

Ferrobaires has started provisional repair work on the old Río Salado bridge, which had been damaged by flooding in August 2015. This should make it possible to resume train traffic to Mar del Plata in January 2016. Construction work on the new bridge, in the immediate vicinity of the old bridge, has progressed but is currently stopped due to financial problems.
(Source: Ferrobaires)

New Coaches for Metro Buenos Aires

The metro of Buenos Aires (Subte) has started testing of the first 6 Metropolis carriages supplied by Alstom on 27 August 2015; this on Line H. The fleet will eventually consist of 120 vehicles and will replace older trains.
One day earlier, testing of some of the 105 new metro carriages supplied by CRRC (China) had started on line A. These will replace the old FIAT/Materfer trains.
(Source: Tramways and Urban Transit)

Several Changes of Offers

On 18 December 2015, SOFSE increased the number of trains between Temperley, Alejandro Korn and Chascomús. Monday to Friday there are 11 round-trips, 9 on Saturdays and 7 on Sundays on this route. They connect with the electric suburban trains on the Roca line to and from Buenos Aires. Early in January 2016 it has been announced that the extension of some services from Chascomús to Lezama is intended.
At the same date in December, local trains were introduced between Cañuelas, Lobos and Monte; however, these will only run on weekdays. Lobos and Monte had been served by just a few long-distance trains per week from Cañuelas.
(Source: Trenes Argentinos/SOFSE)

25.11.2015

Buenos Aires Plaza Constitución – La Plata

Electrification of the Buenos Aires Plaza Constitución – La Plata line is going ahead and the overhead wire is energized until Quilmes station and some of the new Chinese-built trains ran experimentally to Quilmes. The entire line to La Plata should be electrified by early 2016.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-9)

25.10.2015

Buenos Aires - Chascomús

After the floods of July/August 2015 the local passenger trains between Buenos Aires and Chascmoús are running again.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-8)

Victoria – Capilla del Señor

Because of heavy technical problems with the new Materfer-built diesel railcars on the Victoria – Capilla del Señor line these railcars have been withdrawn and all services are again operated with loco-hauled trains.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-8)

22.09.2015

Railwaylines interrupted

After heavy rainfall during July/August 2015 some railway lines have been interrupted:
Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata, since September 12 a limited service between Buenos Aires and Lezama is again running.
Buenos Aires – Pinamar was closed again completely
Buenos Aires – 25 de Mayo and General Alvear; the line to General Alvear was reopened September 12.
Buenos Aires – General Pico over both lines, only Buenos Aires – Chivilcoy Sud remains served with one weekly train, and another weekly railcar Service operates Santa Rosa – Catriló – General Pico.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-7)

Buenos Aires - Bahía Blanca

Since September 18 the Friday service from Buenos Aires to Bahía Blanca and back on Sunday is operated with a new Chinese-built SOFSE train instead of the Ferrobaires consist.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-7)

12.07.2015

Buenos Aires - Pinamar

On July 17, 2015 Ferrobaires reintroduces the passenger train between Buenos Aires and the coastal ressort Pinamar, after a gap of 5 years. This train runs weekly only, from Buenos Aires on Fridays, returning Sundays. It will operate during the main travel seasons in July, December to March and on Holidays only.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-6)

Neuquén - Cipolletti

On July 20, 2015 a new suburban traffic between Neuquén and Cipolletti will be inaugurated. The first Materfer-built railcar does already make test runs over the 6 km long line between both cities since July 9. In a few days a second railcar, this one which runs between Bragado and General Pico, will arrive as relief vehicle. It is still unknown which rolling-stock will then operate the service from Bragado.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-6)

Fórum, Santiago del Estero

Transportminister Randazzo was attending the opening of the new Fórum station at Santiago del Estero. This station will serve the new Tren del Desarrollo (Train of the Development), which will be built over a more than 4 km long high-level alignment to La Banda. The first of three railcars built by Technotren was put on the rails for this event.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-6)

20.04.2015

Ferrocarriles Argentinos

The Argentine Government created again FERROCARRILES ARGENTINOS.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-5)

San Nicolás and Zárate

From May 1, 2015 on the new daily SOFSE/FA passenger train between Buenos Aires and Rosario will also serve San Nicolás station and on June 1, Zárate station may follow.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-5)

Victoria – Capilla del Señor

After rehabilitation of part of the line from Victoria to Capilla del Señor Trenes Argentinos reduced the travelling times on this line and a new Materfer-built railcar was introduced to run a faster service.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-5)

10.04.2015

Tren a las Nubes

April 4, 2015 Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds) recommenced its operations. It is now operated by a daughter company of SOFSE/Ferrocarriles Argentinos and runs most Saturdays until early December. For more information go to http://www.fahrplancenter.com/AIFFLAArgentina313.html fares have been increased heavily.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-4)

Neuquén – Cipolletti

July 20, 2015 the suburban service between Neuquén and Cipolletti may finally start, this after 15 years of intentions to establish this service. The two new railcars will be delivered about 4 weeks prior to the start of the service and the trains may then operate 16 times a day over this 6,1 km long line.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-4)

31.03.2015

Ferrocarriles Argentinos/FA as a State Holding for the Railways

The Argentinian governement has proposed a bill which will re-establish Ferrocarriles Argentinos/FA as a state holding for the railways of the country. FA will include the following subisidiaries: ADIF for infrastructure, SOFSE for passenger traffic and Belgrano Cargas y Logística BCyL for freight traffic. In the meantime, both houses of the Argentinian parliament have passed the bill and it will shortly be signed into law.
(Source: La Nación)

20 new Dieselunits for Belgrano Norte

The Argentinian manufacturer Grupo Emepa in Chascomús is currently producing a batch of 20 two-piece Diesel Multiple Units, known as „Alerce“ (larch). This fleet will be used on the metre-gauge Belgrano Norte suburban line of Buenos Aires and will cover limited-stop services between Buenos Aires/Retiro, Ciudad Universitaria, Aristóbulo del Valle and Boulogne-sur-Mer. Each two-piece will offer 120 seats, air conditioning, on-board WiFi, CCTV and LED lighting. The first of these trains has been presented in March 2015. 90 per cent of all materials and parts are being sourced in Argentina, while the brake systems are produced in Germany and door operation systems come from Austria.
(Source: Telám)

Rehabilitation Rosario – Tortugas

ADIF has started track rehabilitation on the 90 km long section Rosario – Tortugas of the Rosario – Córdoba trunk line.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents)

Track Repairs Colonia Alvear Oeste - Bowen

Track repairs will begin during April 2015 on the 23 km long section between Colonia Alvear Oeste and Bowen; funding has already been secured. As a first stage, local passenger traffic will be introduced on this absolutely straight line in the Mendoza province. After that, it is planned to re-open the 306 km long stretch from Bowen to Realicó via Polledo, Nueva Galia, Chamaicó and Rancul. At Realicó (La Pampa province), connection will be established with the existing train to Buenos Aires. The Colonia Alvear – Realicó section was closed for passenger traffic in the late 1970ies, and with the closure of the Mendoza – Colonia Alvear line in 1982, that city lost any rail passenger traffic.
(Source: Sitio Andino)

Neu Project San Antonio Oeste - Tierra del Fuego

A project, created in 1994, to build a 1636 km long trunk railway line from San Antonio Oeste across Patagonia as far as Tierra del Fuego (Fireland), has been put on the agenda again. Former state president Menem halted the project in 1999 as being „useless“.
(Source: Tiempo Sur)

8000 Passengers Posadas - Encarnación

The new train link between Posadas and Encarnación, operated by dutch Wadloper railcars, sees now daily frequencies of up to 8000 passengers.
(Source: SOFSE)

Puerto Tirol – Resistencia – Puerto Vilelas

SOFSE has rescheduled its local traffic on the Puerto Tirol – Resistencia – Puerto Vilelas line during the second half of 2014. A new halt, Cocomarola, was openend between Bouvier and Gusberti on the Resistencia – Puerto Vilelas section. The number of services has remained almost unchanged, however, travel times were extended by 6 to 15 minutes.
(Source: SOFSE)

Buenos Aires Retiro – Rufino

On 27th February 2015, SOFSE introduced train service on the 421 km long route Buenos Aires – Retiro – Rufino. The train, formed of newly-built chinese carriages and offering both First and Pullman classes, departs Retiro on Fridays and returns on Sundays. The service only calls at Mercedes, Chacabuco, Junín, Vedia and Alberdi stations. While this train is being operated by SOFSE, the local Ferrobaires train between Retiro and Junín keeps operating on weekdays.
There are talks about extending the SOFSE train beyond Rufino as far as Justo Daract.
(Source: SOFSE)

25.03.2015

Buenos Aires - Córdoba

he overnight trains between Buenos Aires and Córdoba are composed of new Chinese-built rolling-stock since 9 March 2015.Two weeks later state Railways SOFSE reintroduced passenger services of Tren de las Sierras between Rodriguez del Busto and Alta Córdoba.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-3)

Buenos Aires – Junín - Alberdí

Mid-March 2015 the Ferrobaires local train Buenos Aires – Junín – Alberdí was reintroduced.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-3)

Ferrocarriles Argentinos

The Argentine Government is issuing a new law to create again FERROCARRILES ARGENTINOS as mayor organi-sation, which will combine SOFSE (passenger services), ADIF (infrastructure) and Belgrano (freight operations).
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-3)

Posadas – Encarnación

The number of daily passengers between Posadas and Encarnación reached now about 8000 per day.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-3)

08.03.2015

Buenos Aires - Junín - Rufino

SOFSE introduced a new weekly passenger train between Buenos Aires, Junín and Rufino, formed of new chinese-built rolling-stock.
March 2, 2015 Ferrobaires suspended ist local train between Buenos Aires and Junín after a derailment.

(Source: Volta o Trem 19-2)

Posadas - Encarnación

The local service between Posadas and Encarnación is be-coming more popular, in the meantime up to 7000 passengers use this service which is run daily every 30 mins. with Wadloper railcars.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-2)

Buenos Aires - Rosario Sur

SOFSE expects to inaugurate long-distance passenger trains with new chinese-built rolling-stock on April 1, 2015 between Buenos Aires and the new station at Rosario Sur. Test runs are operating currently and the signal systems are currently adapted.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-2)

Resistencia/Cocomarola

End 2014 SOFSE changed timings of the Resstencia local services and a new halt at Cocomarola was opened.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-2)

San Carlos de Bariloche - Ing. G. Jacobacci

Because of the reduction of of road services between San Carlos de Bariloche and Ing. G. Jacobacci Tren Patagonico plans to run its local train three times per week.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-2)

Tacna – Arica

Reconstruction of the railway from Tacna to Arica has started. The works are done by the Peruvian Transport ministry. Sleepers and some rails will be replaced and the only useable railcar undergoes rehabilitation including the installation of a toilet. Services should commence towards the end of 2015 and later on the line should be privatized.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-2)

31.01.2015

New Coaches, new Relations

SOFSE introduced a daily round-trip between Buenos Aires and the new station Rosario Sur on 1st April 2015. Currently, this train does not call at intermediate stations. At present, travel time ascends to about
6 hrs 30 min, while the now discontinued slow service took some 9 hrs to connect Buenos Aires and Rosario Norte (315 km).
(Source: SOFSE)

Tren a las Nubes

The famous „Tren a las Nubes“ resumed operations on 04th April 2015. According to media reports, track repairs took place previously, and the fleet of carriages has been refurbished at the Alta Córdoba workshops. Although a timetable with outward and return times has been published, passengers currently return by bus from San Antonio de los Cobres to Salta in the afternoon/evening. At present, it is unclear whether passengers can choose to remain on board and return by train to Salta. The fare for this tour is ARP 1540.00 (some € 160.00), while residents of Salta province pay a single fare of ARP 350.00 (€ 36.60). The new operator is Sociedad del Estado Tren a las Nubes/SFTSE, a subsidiary of the state railway Ferrocarriles Argentinos/SOFSE.
(Source: Rieles)

20.01.2015

Posadas - Encarnación

December 31, 2014 saw the beginning of the regular passenger traffic between Posadas and Encarnación with ex-Dutch Railways Wadloper railcars. Trains operates daily every 30 min. Between 07.00 and 18.30, one-way fare is ARP 18.00.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-1)

11.01.2015

Posadas - Encarnación

The international link between Posadas (Argentina) and Encarnación (Paraguay) was opened on 31 December 2014, operated by railcars. There is still no permanent train station at Encarnación, and passengers have to use mobile steps in order to board and alight from the “Wadloper” railcars. Travel time between the two stations is 7 minutes, the trains are running between 7am and 6pm while the fare for a single tickets is 18 ARP or 7000 PYG. Initial press reports suggest that demand is high as the border crossing via the road bridge usually consumes some 90 to 100 minutes.
(Source: hoy.com, Rieles)

Long-distance traffic

On 19 December 2014, SOFSE/Trenes Argentinos have, in co-operation with Ferrobaires, started operations between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata with new Chinese rolling stock. Initially, one daily round-trip with one additional round-trip on weekends is offered.
The existing 4 weekly round-trips operated by Ferrobaires – one of them being the “Marplatense” - keep running, however with slightly altered timetables.
At the same time, the new avoiding line which skirts the city of Chascomús on the eastern side became operational along with the new “Ferroautomotora” station located on that new line. A few days after, the regional trains Buenos Aires – Chascomús from SOFSE/Trenes Argentinos were also diverted to the new station; they are since running on 7 days of the week (2 daily round-trips). Additional stops were introduced on these regional trains: Temperley (weekends only), Guernica (weekdays only), Alejandro Korn, Coronel Brandsen, Jeppener and Altamirano.
As a consequence of the still ongoing track relay/upgrade the timetables on this line will suffer from periodic alterations.
Over 5000 tickets were sold for the new trains to Mar del Plata on the first day!
(Source: Trenes Argentinos; Satelite Ferroviario)

The Buenos Aires – 25 de Mayo service, operated by Ferrobaires and established in October 2014, is only running twice per week and not three times as originally promised.
Trenes Argentinos have cancelled the twice-weekly round-trips Buenos Aires – Saladillo in December 2014. Only the twice-weekly round-trips Buenos Aires – Saladillo – General Alvear remain on this line.
(Source: Satelite Ferroviario)

Buenos Aires - Junin

The number of weekly round-trips between Buenos Aires and Junín has been reduced from 7 to 5 with the beginning of the summer timetable.
(Source: Ferrobaires)

Transfer of nine Coaches

Eyewitnesses report that SOFSE ran a stock transfer train in December 2014 from Buenos Aires to Tucumán, consisting of 9 Inox coaches ex CP and two luggage vans, apparently in order to run a third weekly train on this line. There is, however, no information available about when this train is supposed to run.
(Source: Private reports)

20.12.2014

Nationalisation

November 1, 2014 state railways SOFSE took over operation of all former Ferrocentral passenger trains from Buenos Aires to Tucumán and to and around Córdoba.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)

Buenos Aires - Junin

Ferrobaires reduced the weekly number of trains between Buenos Aires and Junin from 7 to 5.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)

Buenos Aires - Catriló - General Pico

The new SOSFE service Buenos Aires – Catriló – General Pico has proven to be very popular, the number of coaches per train had been significantly increased to meet the demand.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)

Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata

December 19, 2014 SOFSE started to run new chinese-built trains between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata. One daily pair and one additional service on weekends are operating, along with the four weekly round trips of Ferrobaires. On the first day over 5700 tickets have been sold for the new services. Because of the ongoing rehabilitation works of the line, journey times are at about 7 hours for the 400 km. The same day the new station at Chascomus on the new line avoiding the city centre was opened and operator Argentren introduced also weekend services of its local trains between Buenos Aires and Chascomús.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)

Buenos Aires - Neuquén

Currently a new project is under consideration to reintroduce a direct passenger train between Buenos Aires and Neuquén. The federal secretary for transport is evaluating the amount for level-crossing protection along the line and there are also negotiations with Neuquén for the provision of diesel-railcars for the long-planned Neuqué-Cipolletti suburban service.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)

Posadas - Encarnación

The bus company Don Casimiro bought two Wadloper railcars and brought them by their own means from Pilar to Posadas. For this journey even missing rails on the 1435 mm gauge main line have been laid again.. The company wants to provide a shuttle service between Posadas and Encarnación (Paraguay) over the international rail and road bridge. The railcars have been refurbished and newly paint at Posadas and a new station has been built close to the customs offices. A similar station should also be built at Encarnación, but is suffering some delays despite active support by Paraguayan authorities. The new train service may get some relief to the intense road traffic over the bridge.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)

24.10.2014

Buenos Aires - 25 de Mayo

With some delay Ferrobaires may begin with the operation of a railcar between Buenos Aires and 25 de Mayo in the last week of october. This service may run three times a week and the ticket price has been set at AR$ 60.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-8)

10.10.2014

Posadas - Encarnación

The bus operator Don Casimiro is in the process of acquiring some Wadloper railcars which were formerly used by TBA in order to establish an international shuttle service between Posadas (Argentina) and Encarnación (Paraguay) across the international bridge. The operator would build temporary platforms at either side of the bridge and offer a 15 minute headway. Meanwhile, this news has been confirmed by the authorities of the Paraguayan department of Itapúa. There is a hope on both sides of the border that EBY (Empresa Binacional Yaciretá) will see to build permanent stations for passengers and freight in both border cities.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents)

Buenos Aires Once – Bragado – Trenque Lauquén – Catriló – General Pico

On 03 October 2014 Trenes Argentinos/SOFSE took up their service Buenos Aires Once – Bragado – Trenque Lauquén – Catriló – General Pico. It is an extension of their service to Bragado with the outward journey leaving Buenos Aires on Friday evenings and the return journey starting on Sunday evenings from General Pico. The train consists of newly built Chinese coaches offering seating accommodation in First and Pullman classes, and it also features a sleeping car. Travel time over the 614 km long line takes 15 hours. After a long pause, a number of towns and villages west of Pehuajó (terminus of Ferrobaires trains) have been reconnected to the passenger railway network. This includes places like Beruti, Trenque Lauquén, Pellegrini, Catriló, Quemú Quemú and Dorila.
At Catriló, a railcar provides a connecting service to Santa Rosa, capital of the La Pampa province. No detailed timetable has been issued as yet, but travel time is expected to be slightly over 2 hours depending on the number of intermediate stations served.
As it is the case with other long-distance passenger trains, fares in the cheapest class are just about 40% of bus fares for the same journey. More and more mediums-sized and small towns are currently losing their bus connections due to a lack of interest from the part of bus operators to operate regional services; and only the re-introduction of rail services can fill the gap.
The province of La Pampa is already pressing to increase the number of weekly journeys, a request which in light of the impending national elections in 2015 may have a good chance to go through.
(Source: Trenes Argentinos, Satélite Ferroviario)

Buenos Aires Plaza Constitución - 25 de Mayo

Ferrobaires will re-introduce passenger train services from Buenos Aires Plaza Constitución to 25 de Mayo during the month of October. To this purpose, the train operator received a Nohab railcar which had been painted in the current Ferrobaires livery. A number of these now 60 years old railcars had been purchased by the Argentinian state some years ago second-hand from Portugal. It is planned that the service will run 3 times per week. The previous train service connecting Buenos Aires, 25 de Mayo and Bolívar ceased to operate in 2010 forced by lack of motive power and poor infrastructure. Ferrobaires has now refurbished the track as far as 25 de Mayo. Some months ago, regional bus operators terminated services to 25 de Mayo, a town of about 22'000 inhabitants!
(Source: Ferrobaires, Clarín)

Tandil - Gardey - Vela

At the start of August 2014, Ferrobaires resumed passenger service from Tandil to Gardey and Vela. This is a 45 km long section of the former Tandil – Tres Arroyos line. The train set used is the one of the Buenos Aires – Tandil service which stables over the weekend; one round-trip on Saturdays Tandil – Vela and back is scheduled. To be able to charge a slightly higher fare, this train is declared a tourist train. It appears, however, that this new travel option is highly accepted among the local population.
(Source: Ferrobaires)

Ferrocentral

The company Ferrocentral, operator of the trains from Buenos Aires to Córdoba and Tucumán as well as the metre-gauge trains around Córdoba, has been integrated into the state train operator Trenes Argentinos/SOFSE.
(Source: Ferrocentral)

Extensions around Buenos Aires

After the limited-stop trains between Buenos Aires Plaza Constitución and La Plata had been very well accepted by customers, Trenes Argentinos/SOFSE introduced similar services between Plaza Constitución and Cañuelas (1 round-trip/day Monday to Friday) and Plaza Constitución – Chascomús (2 round-trips/day Monday to Friday). Due to high demand, the trains to Chascomús have also been scheduled to call at Altamirano and Jeppener. Newly-built Chinese long-distance carriages cover these services and no standees are accepted.
(Source: Trenes Argentinos/SOFSE)

Infrastructureextensions Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata

Under state supervision and on behalf of the infrastructure owner ADIFSE, Ferrobaires is currently refurbishing various sections of the Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata line. Between Maipú and Mar del Plata work is about 80% complete, thus allowing increased speed and improved punctuality of trains for the peak season starting in December. The never opened avoiding line of Chascomús will finally be refurbished and completed by ADIFSE. Work also includes completion of the new “Ferroautomotor” station – a multi-modal hub – of Chascomús. The avoiding line will allow for the closure of a huge number of level crossings within the urban perimeter of Chascomús as the new line will only feature over- and underbridges but no level crossings.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents, Ferrobaires)

27.09.2014

Buenos Aires Once - Santa Rosa

SOFSE and Ferrobaires are planning to reintroduce long-distance passenger trains between Buenos Aires Once and Santa Rosa in La Pampa province, Ferrobaires is currently repairing the tracks between Pehuajó and Santa Rosa.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-7)

Empalme Lobos - 25 de Mayo

Ferrobaires is currently repairing the line from Emaplme Lobos to 25 de Mayo to introduce a passenger service with an Allan railcar (ex-CP of Portugal).
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-7)

Chascomús - Buenos Aires

SOFSE introduced together with Trenes Argentinos fast trains from Chascomús to Buenos Aires (2 pairs per day Monday to Friday) and between Cañuelas and Buenos Aires (1 pair per day Monday to Friday) using new Chinese-built long-distance rolling-stock.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-7)

Buenos Aires - Rosario

For the introduction of a new faster passenger train service between Buenos Aires and Rosario and great new station may be built at Rosario Sur at a cost of over US£ 4,3mio.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-7)

27.07.2014

Tren Patagonico

Tren Patagonico reinstated the local passenger service be-tween Ingeniero G. Jacobacci (dep. early morning) and San Carlos de Baroliche (dep. in the evening). The TER railcar operates Tuesday and Thursday in both directions.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-6)

Realicó – General Pico

SOFSE/Ferrocarril Unión Pacífico put a passenger train into operation between Realicó and General Pico from 26 July 2014 on. The weekly railcar from Bragado to Realicó has been extended to General Pico, so La Pampa province can again be reached by train. The 85 km long section between Realicó and Gen. Pico has not seen passenger operations since the late 1970s.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-6)

Pehuajó - Santa Rosa

Ferrobaires was running a test train from Pehuajó to Santa Rosa to evaluate the extent of additional repairs on this section, which was submerged by floods for a longer period in the region of Trenque Lauquén. Probably from the end of 2014 it is planned to operate a weekly passenger train from Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa (Province La Pampa).
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-6)

Ferrobaires - Tandil

Ferrobaires operates a weekly tourist train from 2 August 2014 on over the 25 km between Tandil and Gardey on a section of the line to Tres Arroyos. The train operates every Saturday using rolling-stock of the Buenos Aires-Tandil train.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-6)

Tren a las Nubes

Tren a las Nubes operator Ecotren lost its operating license after derailment of the train on 19 July 2014. No fatalities have been registered on this event, but the train is no longer running for an unknown period. There are plans to transfer the license to Salta province for this popular tourist train.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-6)

29.06.2014

Transport Politics

The recently nationalised railway lines in Argentina are gradually being integrated into a new public corporation under the name of “Trenes Argentinos”. At this time, it consists of the freight train operator Belgrano Cargas y Logística SA, parts of SOFSE (Tren de la Costa and the suburban section of the Sarmiento system) and also parts of the infrastructure authority ADIF. The San Martín (broad gauge) and Urquiza (standard gauge) appear to be fully integrated in Trenes Argentinos already.
(Source: El Reportero Ferroviario)

26.06.2014

Tucumán – Concepción

For many years, the Tucumán region was fed with promises about improvements in rail transport, however, nothing ever happened. The rehabilitation of the Tucumán – Concepción line was abandoned in 2004, without any reasons given and after spending 8 Mio ARP. This would have been a local rail connection. Years later, the regional line Tucumán – Tafi Viejo was inaugurated with much pomp, but not even the inauguration train left Tucumán station – a work in progress of its own – because the level crossings across the city hadn't been upgraded yet. Just the Tafi Viejo station looked shiny new...
The Tafi Viejo workshops finally resumed business in 2014, and a few locomotives have been repaired. It is planned to repair some 4000 freight wagons in these workshops.
A multimodal freight hub is due to be built at Cevil Pozo as a link between rail, road and air freight. Works are expected to start in the second half of 2014.
The government intends to use funds from the loan granted by the chinese government (a total of 2,47 billions US$ for the metre-gauge network) for the rehabilitation of the line to Concepción. There was nothing said, however, about what will happen to the squatters currently dwelling on the track alignment.
(Source: El Intransigente)

Mendoza – Los Andes

Quite some confusion exists among the people living along the old Transandine Railway (Mendoza – Los Andes) as more and more parts of that railway are being dismantled in the Las Cuevas area. Two firms are involved, and they have already extracted many tons of wood and sheet metal roofing. Not even station buildings are saved. The two firms were denounced by members of the public, however, they were able to provide documentation which allowed them to dismantle the materials and export it to Chile. Allegedly, those firms paid 1,5 Mio US$ for it.
(Source: Diario Uno)

Buenos Aires – Pilar

The San Martín suburban line Buenos Aires – Pilar was extended on 08 May 2014, the new stations being Manzanares and Dr. Domingo Cabred.
(Source: Corredores Ferroviarios Argentinos)

Buenos Aires Retiro - Rosario Sur

In June 2014, a full rake of newly-built chinese long-distance carriages was on exhibition and open for public viewing at Rosario Norte railway station. These trains are expected to operate from 2015 between Buenos Aires (Retiro) and Rosario Sur (Apeadero Groenewold) once track relay works between the two city will be completed.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents)

Bragado - Realicó - General Pico

SOFSE is planning to extend its Bragado – Realicó service to General Pico. This would satisfy the long-standing call from the La Pampa province to be connected by rail.
(Source: SOFSE and others)

Buenos Aires – Córdoba And Buienos Aires – Tucumán

The night trains Buenos Aires – Córdoba and Buenos Aires – Tucumán, currently operated by Ferrocentral, can't be booked any more via the internet. No reason for this has been given, but local sources assume that both services will be integrated into the public corporation SOFSE. This is expected to happen within the next months, up to the completion of track renewals between Buenos Aires and Rosario at the latest.
(Source: Ferrocentral and Satélite Ferroviario)

Tourist trains

The operator of the narrow gauge La Trochita steam railway in Chubut province is carrying out some extensive track repair work between Esquel and El Maitén; the stations of Leleque and Lepa have already been fully renovated. The entire railway (track, stations, rolling stock and the El Maitén workshops) has been listed as a historical monument. After completion of the track repair it is planned to operate an increasing number of charter trains over the full length of 200 km.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents)

Rio Turbio

The coal railway of Rio Turbio was forced to cease operations on 22 April 2014 until further notice. Reason for this was a defect on the last operational FAUR diesel locomotive which broke down in the middle of nowhere (at about km 100) while hauling a laden freight train. Warnings that this may happen were issued from 2010 on, as there were just 3 locomotives in operational condition at that time. Delegates from the railway travelled to Bucharest in order to arrange and negotiate the purchase of 10 second-hand locomotives (5 mainline and 5 shunters) for the 750 mm track gauge. However, only one mainline and one shunting engine arrived at the Port of Buenos Aires where they are still awaiting customs clearance. Repeatedly, calls for refurbishment of some of steam locomotives were made and one of them was sent in 2003 to the Pérez workshops in Santa Fe province for that purpose, but nothing has ever been done to it. Nothing happened after an announcement that 10 brand new narrow gauge locomotives would be purchased for this railway. The staff fear that this means the end for the railway.
In June 2014 technicians from the Czech Republic travelled to Rio Turbio in order to assess the possibilities of repairing the locomotives.
(Source: El Reportero Ferroviario)

Serrezuela – Chamical

The metre-gauge line Serrezuela (Córdoba province) – Chamical (La Rioja province) will be re-opened to traffic in 2015. A logistics hub for air freight is being built at Chamical with the rail mode feeding the goods as rail freight is 60 per cent cheaper than road haulage. For this purpose, that line which hasn't been used for 20 years is currently under repair.
(Source: El Reportero Ferroviario)

09.06.2014

Pilar - Dr. Domingo Cabred

Corredores Ferroviarios San Martin Line extended the sub-urban service by two new stations from Pilar to Dr. Domingo Cabred, this section is now served by 14 trains on weekdays and 12 on Sundays.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-5)

Viedma - San Carlos de Bariloche

Early May Tren Patagonico reinstated its direct service bet-ween Viedma and San Carlos de Bariloche, after a gap of 5 months. On the other side the Ing. G. Jacobacci – San Carlos de Bariloche local was again suspended.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-5)

19.04.2014

Basavilbaso - Villaguay - Concordia

SOFSE reinstated services between Basavilbaso, Villaguay and Concordia. Unfortunately people started to through stones against the railcar, which forced the company to tun the railcar until Yeruá only, 19 km south of Concordia.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-4)

05.04.2014

Basavilbaso – Villaguay – Concordia

Since a fire of unknown reasons destroyed the Materfer built railcar which operated between Basavilbaso, Villaguay and Concordia, this service remains suspended. State railway operator SOFSE was not able to send a replacement railcar from existing spare rolling-stock at Paraná to reinstate this important service.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-3)

27.03.2014

Suburban and local traffic

The Mitre and San Martín suburban lines in and around Buenos Aires have been re-grouped in the new company Corredores Ferroviarios S.A. (COFESA). This is in fact a proper privatisation as the only shareholder of COFESA is the Grupo Roggio. The Grupo Roggio also owns Metrovías, operator of the standard-gauge suburban line from Federico Lacroze station to General Lemos, the Subte (Underground) network and the Premetro line P.
The Grupo Roggio, headed by Benito Roggio, has other business activities in fields like tourism, construction, refuse collection, water supply, sewage, technology, IT and more.
(Source: COFESA)

Universidad Católica

On 17th February 2014 the state railway SOFSE opened the new halt Universidad Católica east of Salta on the Salta - Güemes line. That stop had been promised to students since the introduction of local trains on the line. As currently no additional rolling stock is available, the timetable just offers 2 round-trips Monday to Friday (one on Saturdays) and the trains are usually 100% full as SOFSE doesn't allow standees. An improvement will only be possible once SOFSE has refurbished another DMU and transfers it from Resistencia (Chaco) to Salta.
(Source: Radio Salta)

La Plata – Avellaneda

The new Secretary for Planning and Public Services of the Buenos Aires province, Mr Franco La Porta, has annonced the reconstruction and reopening of the metre-gauge line La Plata – Avellaneda, closed in 1977. The track alignment, built over at a couple of locations and with the tracks partially dismantled, had been transferred in 1993 to Ferrobaires, but they have so far failed to produce any viable project. The first stage should be the line from the Estación Provincial on the outskirts of the town to the station San Francisco Solano in the southwest of Quilmes municipality at a cost of about US$ 40 Mio. The second stage of the line – overall length 51 km – between San Francisco Solano and Avellaneda will be more difficult because many squatters have settled on the track and erected their dwellings. Estimated passenger demand, once the line is fully operational, is 18 Mio journeys per year. However, the project is being criticised from many parts because the line doesn't reach the city centres at either end of the line, neither La Plata nor Buenos Aires. It remains to be seen if this project will be realised.
(Source: La Nación)

Buenos Aires - Junín

Ferrobaires resumed traffic on its Buenos Aires to Junín line on 3rd February 2014 after an interruption of exactly two months. However, services operated just twice a week instead of 6 journeys per week before. Even that was very short-lived: only three weeks later, services were cancelled again after the only available locomotive for this train became defective. Apparently, the Junín – Alberdi section has been abandoned altogether and it is doubtful if Ferrobaires has the resources to operate that line permanently.
(Source: Ferrobaires, Fahrplancenter)

Buenos Aires Once - Lincoln

In mid-February, Ferrobaires terminated its services from Buenos Aires Once and Lincoln after several temporary interruptions in the recent past. The company is struggling to maintain service from Buenos Aires Once to Bragado and Pehuajó. The state railway SOFSE now offers train service to Lincoln and onwards to Realicó, once a week.
(Source: Ferrobaires, Fahrplancenter)

Buenos Aires Retiro - Rosario

The Minister of Transport, Mr Florencio Randazzo, has announced that the new long-distance service from Buenos Aires Retiro and Rosario will start during 2015. Track renewal work is expected to be completed in the first six months of 2015. In a first phase, trains will terminate at the Rosario Sur/Apeadero Groenewold halt. After that, the dwellers in the shantytowns along the track alignment through the city will be relocated so that, at a later stage, trains can again reach the current station Rosario Norte. In the meantime, plans to re-use the Rosario Central Córdoba station have been abandoned.
(Source: Agencia Rieles)

Infrastructure

On the San Martín suburban line, the third stage of platform heightening works has begun so that the platforms can accommodate the new trains. Currently, the chinese-built trains can only serve Buenos Aires Retiro, Villa del Parque, Devoto, Saenz Peña, José C. Paz, Sol y Verde, Presidente Derqui, Villa Astolfi and Pilar.
Track renovation on the Mitre line has now reached suburban traffic from Buenos Aires. At present, timetables on the electrified lines remain unchanged, but as per 17th March 2014 timetables were drastically reduced on the diesel-operated lines Villa Ballester – Zárate and Victoria – Matheu – Capilla del Señor in order to facilitate track works. It has, however, not been communicated for how long these reductions will be in place.
(Source: COFESA)

01.03.2014

Ferrobaires

Ferrobaires suspended definitively its passenger train between Buenos Aires Once and Lincoln February 14. This line continues to be served by the SOFSE train
February 26, Ferrobaires was withdrawing again the Buenos Aires Retiro – Junin passenger train, for the second time in a short period. The locomotive used on this train is out of order.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-2)

Suburban railways of Buenos Aires

The renationalized suburban railways of Buenos Aires (operated by UGOFE’s) have again been privatized by transfering them to the remaining two concessionaires Ferrovias and Metrovias. This step includes also the services from Buenos Aires to Rosario and from Buenos Aires to Alvear.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-2)

Universidad Católica de Salta

February 17, 2014 SOFSE opened the long awaited train halt Universidad Católica de Salta between Güemes and Salta.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-2)

06.02.2014

Tren Patagonico

During January 2014 Tren Patagonico reintroduced a twice weekly service between San Carlos de Bariloche and Ingeniero G. Jacobacci, using the ex-Renfe TER DMU.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-1)

Ferrobaires

On February 3, 2014 Ferrobaires reinstated a limited twice weekly passenger service between Buenos Aires and Junín, the section from Junín to Alberdí remains without traffic.
(Source: Volta o Trem 14-1)

13.01.2014

Passenger traffic

The argentinian railway system is dilapidating faster than it can be refurbished. Ferrobaires withdrew its services from Buenos Aires to Junín, Alberdi, Bragado, Lincoln, Carlos Casares and Pehuajó at the start of December because the locomotives didn't meet the safety standards anymore. The trains to Bragado, Lincoln and Pehuajó resumed operations at the end of 2013 based on the initiative of the state administrator of Ferrobaires. It has been reported, however, that the train of Saturday 28th December 2013 was cancelled due to unavailability of a locomotive. Since November, the state railway SOFSE operates a weekly train from Buenos Aires (Once) and Bragado with a set of new chinese-built coaches. At Bragado, SOFSE offers a connecting service with a brand-new Materfer railcar to Realicó. That train is scheduled to run late evening/overnight, but at the end of 2013 it ran also on noon time. One of those additional services derailed due to heat deformation of the track; a result of the extremely hot weather at the time.

Right at the beginning of the summer season, Tren Patagónico had to cancel its weekly train from Viedma to San Carlos de Bariloche in December 2013, allegedly due to problems with the locomotives and the infrastructure. As the trains were fully booked until February 2014, all fares had to be reimbursed to the customers. Bad planning seems to be the reason for this desaster as the company failed to execute impending work in November. It is also reported that the Rio Negro province withheld a part of the funds pledged for the train.
At present, it is unclear when operations will be resumed. Some sources have indicated that it may only happen in March 2014. Early in January, some changes happened at senior management level of Tren Patagónico.

SOFSE Belgrano Sur have completely overhauled the CML number 1 which is a 2-piece light railcar built in the 1980ies. It was stored during two years. The vehicle was transferred by road to the Buenos Aires Retiro/Belgrano Norte station and it will travel under its own power from there to Resistencia to replace an Apolo railcar. That Apolo railcar will, in its turn, be transferred to Guemes with the aim to increase timetables between Salta and Guemes. At present, only one Apolo railcar is based at Salta for local traffic.

Ferrocentral have resumed through traffic from Córdoba (Rodríguez del Busto station) to Cosquín after the line was disrupted for a considerable period due to track repair works.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Infrastructure

Theft of rails near Pilar severed the standard-gauge Urquiza network from the Buenos Aires area. This led to the closure of the remaining minimal freight traffic.

Repair work on the Buenos Aires – Rosario line has started, although at a rather slow pace. There is still no decision about where the passenger station in Rosario will be. The state declared that it will resume passenger traffic on this route only when a new railway station is available. The current terminal Rosario Norte has been ruled out because the trains have to cross a number of slums. However, the same applies to all alternatives in discussion (Rosario Oeste, Rosario Sur, Rosario CC) and the problems with stone throwing remain without solution.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Freight traffic

Belgrano Cargas have resumed transport of wine. That product hasn't been transported by rail since the end of Ferrocarriles Argentinos.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

02.01.2014

Tren Patagonico

Tren Patagonico suspended train services „Just in time for the Summer season“ between Viedma and San Carlos de Bariloche from mid-december 2013 on. This suspension may be until about March 2014. Because all seats and beds have been sold until February 2014 the company had to pay back the money to all passengers!
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-8)

08.12.2013

Tren Patagonico

Mid November Tren Patagonico brought the TER DMU (ex-Renfe) back into service, running a weekly service between Viedma and San Carlo de Bariloche and a local service between San Carlos de Bariloche and Ing. G. Jacobacci, but only one week later these new services have again been withdrawn for unclear reasons.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-7)

Buenos Aires-Junin-Alberdí and Buenos Aires-Bragado-Lincoln/Pehuajó

December 1 Ferrobaires suspended the Buenos Aires-Junín-Alberdí and Buenos Aires-Bragado-Lincoln/Pehuajó passen-ger trains because the locomotives in service apparently no longer met the saftey requirements of the Secretariat of Transport.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-7)

Fiesta del Tren a Vapor

The „Old Patagonia Express“ (La Trochita) celebrates again the Steam Train Festival in 2014. Trains will run between El Maitén and Ñorquincó on February 14, 15 & 16, 2014.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-7)

20.10.2013

Buenos Aires Once - Bragado - Realicó

SOFSE introduced a new weekly train between Buenos Aires Once and Realicó on October 18, 2013. Between Once station and Bragado a new set of Chinese-built coaches and locomotive is running, at Bragado passengers have to change into a new Materfer-built two coaches DMU to proceed the trip to Realicó. Departure from Once is Friday and from Realicó Sunday and passengers have to change in both directions in the middle of the night at Bragado (between 1.00 and 2.00 a.m.)
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-6)

Breaking Problmes

October 19, 2013 a suburban train of the Sarmiento Line passend again a stop block and 99 passengers have been injured. This time it was a refurbished train with braking problems.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-6)

Buenos Aires Mitre – Rosario

Refurbishment of the Buenos Aires Mitre – Rosario line has commenced. At Rosario a new emplacement for the station for services to Buenos Aires is still sought, the nice station building of the former Central Córdoba Railway could perhaps became this new station.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-6)

23.09.2013

Cars from Mdrid for Buenso Aires

The subway of Buenos Aires has decided to purchase a substantial fleet of second-hand trainsets from Madrid. This has been heavily criticised after it became evident that they are in a deteriorated condition and that a costly adaptation to the technical parameters of the Buenos Aires system is needed.
(Source: Cronica ferroviaria)

Retiro – Pilar

Im September 2013 hat der Ausbau der Bahnstationen an der San Martin S-Bahn Strecke Retiro – Pilar begonnen. Die Bahnsteige werden erhöht, damit die neuen chinesischen Zugskompositionen eingesetzt werden können.
(Source: Cronica ferroviaria)

Transfer to SOFSE

After the Tren de la Costa, the suburban railway systems Belgrano Sur, Roca, San Martín, Mitre and Sarmiento were also transferred to the state railway operator SOFSE.
(Source: Cronica ferroviaria)

Credit from BID

The Interamerican Bank for Development BID has established a credit line of up to 1,2 billion USD for Argentina. This should enable the state to upgrade the suburban network in and around Buenos Aires. The first step will be the electrification of the Buenos Aires (Plaza Constitución) to La Plata line, a matter which is already pending for decades.
(Source: Cronica ferroviaria)

Buenos Aires - Rosario

The daily round-trip from Buenos Aires to Rosario has been cancelled in connection with the impending track repair and upgrade. In the end that train ran only occasionally, and it took 8 hours to cover the 300 km which separate the two cities.
(Source: FLB correspondents)

Buenos Aires - San Carlos de Bariloche

A test train consisting of brand-new chinese vehicles (diesel locomotive and coaches) travelled from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche early in September. It was noted that a 70 km long section of track south of Bahía Blanca needs repair before SOFSE can offer regular train service on this route.
(Source: Cronica ferroviaria)

21.09.2013

SOFSE

Currently renationalization of passenger train companies is in full swing. During September FerroCentral with its services from Buenos Aires to Córdoba and Tucumán and the Tren de las Sierras at Córdoba have been incorporated into SOFSE. Discussions have also been held to integrate UEFER, out of Paraná in Entre Rios, into SOFSE.
Early September a test train completely made up by new chi-nese built coaches and locomotive travelled all the line from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche. It was discovered that a 70 km section south of Bahía Blanca has to be rebuilt to start regular services over this line.
Within the next few days reconstruction of the Buenos Aires – Rosario main line may begin. These works will be executed directly by the Transport ministry.
SOFSE plans to introduce its own passenger service on Fridays and Sundays between Buenos Aires Once and Bragado using chinese-built coaches.
The local passenger train Buenos Aires – Rosario with intermediate stops has been withdrawn.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-5)

25.08.2013

Buenos Aires suburban lines

Buenos Aires suburban lines San Martin, Roca and Belgrano Sur operated by UGOFE have been transferred to state rail-ways operator SOFSE. The news does not state if the infrastructure of these lines will be transferred to infrastructure authority Adif.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-4)

Subte buys Scrap

Buenos Aires Metro Subte buys for the second time second-hand trains from Metro Madrid for Line B. This despite the bad experience with a first delivery in 2011 of trains close to the state of scrap. The Madrid trains must also be rebuilt at high costs for the conditions at Buenos Aires, for example the change from overhead to thrid-rail electric supply.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-4)

16.06.2013

Local traffic San Martin

The chinese manufacturer China Southern Railway Industries delivered until the end of April 2013 all 24 new diesel locomotives and 60 of the 160 ordered new passenger coaches to the port of Buenos Aires. All vehicles are destined for the San Martín suburban line Retiro – Pilar. The remaining 100 coaches will follow until early 2014. As the platforms on the San Martín line are not high enough to accommodate the new fleet, they need adapted at all 20 stations of the route. These works are due to start “in a few months”. Therefore, the Minister of Interior and Transport, Mr Florencio Randazzo, has decided that the new vehicles will be used during peak hours on the Mitre suburban line, until further notice.
(Source: La Nación)

La Plata

In La Plata, the 4,6 km long “Tren Universitario” started operations on the 26th April 2013. Light railbuses from TecnoTren run at fixed intervals Monday to Friday from 0730 until 2230 and on Saturdays from 0730 until 1330 over this line which connects the La Plata railway station (suburban trains from Buenos Aires) with 4 stops at various faculties, the stop at Diagonal 73 and the outpatient's clinic. Purpose-built stops were erected. The line is also occasionally being used by freight trains; and the travel time of the university train is about 25 minutes. The lightweight railbuses suffer, however, from frequent problems caused by the poorly maintained tracks, leading repeatedly to cancellations.
(Source: own research)

Paraná

At Paraná, the number of journeys on the suburban line to Oro Verde has been reduced from 3 to 2 daily round-trips, while traffic on the route to Colonia Avellaneda was reduced from 7 to 5 round-trips. The trains prove to be very popular, but the number of serviceable TecnoTren light railbuses was reduced considerably after several derailments, particularly on the route to Colonia Avellaneda. Despite of well-known problems with infrastructure (worn turnouts, flooded tracks in rainy periods, much rubbish on the tracks), nothing is being done to remedy the situation.
(Source: UEFER)

Transport politics

The worsening situation in Argentina's railway sector, particularly in passenger transport, force the state to re-nationalise more and more railway lines and networks.
After the suburban systems Mitre, Sarmiento, San Martín, Roca and Belgrano Sur, which were re-organised as “UGO” (state-supported emergency operators), also the Tren de la Costa (Maipú – Delta) was nationalised and transferred to the state-owned operator SOFSE.
At the end of May 2013, the more than 10'000 km long metre-gauge network Belgrano Cargas was re-nationalised under the name of Belgrano Cargas y Logística S.A. Belgrano Cargas is one of the most important networks of Argentina as it provides connections to Bolivia and Chile and opens up 14 provinces of the country. It was noted that just 400 km of that big network are in technically good condition. Shareholders of Belgrano Cargas are the state agencies ADIF (rail infrastructure), SOFSE (train operator) and AGP (port authority).
Currently (mid-June 2013) the procedure to re-nationalise the two networks of San Martín (broad gauge) and Urquiza/Mesopotámico (standard gauge) is under way. Both networks are operated by the brazilian company ALL (América Latina Logística), and the government stresses that ALL didn't comply with the obligations of the concession contract. ALL, however, is seeking legal action against the revocation of concession. The government plans to integrate the San Martín and Urquiza routes into the aforementioned Belgrano Cargas.
After Tren Patagónico (Viedma – San Carlos de Bariloche) had claimed huge support from the state to repair the track and to provide passenger coaches, negotiations between the Rio Negro province and the federal government have started and things seem to move towards re-nationalisation. The state railway SOFSE is already planning to operate a direct train Buenos Aires – San Carlos de Bariloche with the new fleet currently being delivered from China.
(Source: La Nación, Clarín, local sources)

Long-distance traffic

The new vehicles ordered from China Northern Railway at Dalian are currently being delivered to the state railway SOFSE. Some details of the fleet have been known.
The fleet comprises (all vehicles for 1675 mm broad gauge) 20 diesel locomotives and 220 passenger carriages including 20 sleeping cars, 20 dining cars and 20 car-carrying coaches. The locomotives have an output of 2200 kW and will be built in a variant for 120 km per hour and a variant for 160 km per hour. Delivery of the entire fleet should be complete by the end of 2013. It is planned to formate 10 to 20 rakes to cover long-distance services to Córdoba, Tucumán, San Carlos de Bariloche and Bahía Blanca.
The track upgrade on the Buenos Aires – Rosario route has been advertised; it is, however, yet unknown when the Mar del Plata route will follow.
(Source: various sources)

10.06.2013

Nationalization

he argentine Government startet nationalization of some railway companies: Juni 7, 2013 Tren de la Costa was incorporated into SOFSE. Very soon the ALL concessions (Urquiza 1435 mm gauge and San Martín 1675 mm gauge) will be incorporated into state owned Belgrano Cargas. Furthermore there are plans to renationalize Tren Patagonico (Viedma-San Carlos de Bariloche)
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-3)

Delivery from China

The first 17 of 220 long-distance passenger coaches and some diesel locomotives for long-distance passenger trains have already been delivered from China to SOFSE.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-3)

Buenos Aires - Rosario

The line from Buenos Aires to Rosario will now be rehabilitated.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-3)

10.03.2013

Urban traffic

At the start of January 2013, the owner of the Buenos Aires subway system (SBASE) closed Line A for traffic. Allegedly, the trainsets which were delivered in 1913 by the belgian firm La Brugeoise, were considered “unsafe”. However, the technicians of the subway have a completely different opinion about it as they knew them thoroughly; some units having been completely refurbished in recent years. Line A is due to re-open about mid- to end of March of the current year and will feature new EMU's purchased from China. It has been reported that the first units were running for testing and crew training at the end of January. During those runs, the trains appear to frequently have come in contact with platform edges. Technicians from China arrived along with the trains, but they didn't have any knowledge of Spanish. Local subway staff say that the manuals are very imprecise and extremely poorly translated into Spanish. In the meantime, people along Line A have to cope with overcrowded buses as only on two short sections along the route bus schedules were improved during rush hours.
In January, an initiative supported by over 50 organisations from Buenos Aires requested that the Brugeoise fleet (or part of it) be listed as historical monument and also that the entire Line A – the first subway line in Latin America – be listed as Unesco world cultural heritage. It seems that SBASE doesn't appreciate those plans as most of the heritage fleet is dumped in the open without guarding. Precious parts disappear from the coaches day by day. The government of the City of Buenos Aires are not interested in those preservation plans either. Shortly after closure of Line A, the Mayor of the city and a councillor reportedly voiced the opinion that traffic didn't collapse without the subway and that the entire system could be scrapped!

(Source: enelSubte.com and others)

Suburban traffic

The first diesel locomotives for the San Martin line (Buenos Aires – Pilar) arrived from China at the end of January.
In order to replace the ageing commuter fleet of the Sarmiento and Mitre lines, the federal government ordered 400 electric coaches from China Southern. 220 coaches will be assigned to the Sarmiento line and the remaining 180 to the Mitre lines. The first 100 coaches are expected to arrive from July 2013 and delivery of the fleet is due to be completed until June 2014. The value of the purchase is 1265 Mio USD with China financing 85% of the total price by a loan over 10 years.
(Source: La Nación)

Long-distance passenger traffic

At the end of January 2013, Ferrobaires withdrew the train featuring standard class coaches and running from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata. With this, most intermediate stations lost their service, and parcel service was also cancelled as it was carried on this train. This happened during the main travel season of the year! The technical condition of the coaches didn't allow any further use. Only 2 weeks before cancellation, the route of that train was extended once a week from Mar del Plata to Miramar. The mayor of the seaside resort of Miramar had campaigned for the extension of the service.
With this, only the following services between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata operate:
“El Marplatense” - Superpullman, twice a week
Trains 315/316 – First class and Pullman only, three times per week
Never in the history this line had such a minimal service.
Addenda: after a couple of weeks, Trains 315/316 were extended to Miramar once a week, again after pressure from Miramar.

Ferrobaires withdrew passenger service between Carlos Casares and Pehuajó due to flooding which had reached the track alignment. A few weeks later, freight traffic resumed, but passenger trains haven't returned to that section (yet?).
(Source: Ferrobaires and others)

10.02.2013

Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata

Ferrobaires supended the daily second-class train between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata during the main travel season due to the bad condition of the coaches. This left this important line with just 5 weekly services. Never in the history of this line train services have been such reduced.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-1)

Carlos Casares – Pehuajó

After some floodings Ferrobaires suspended the Carlos Casares – Pehuajó passenger train, even after reopening of the line for freight trains, the passenger train didn’t went back.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-1)

San Martin suburban line

The first two Chinese-built diesel locomotives for the Buenos Aires San Martin suburban line arrived in Argentina.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-1)

17.01.2013

Freight traffic

A free trade area is planned at General Pico (La Pampa province), and this should trigger the re-activation of the railway line from Realicó to General Pico. La Pampa province hopes that this move would also lead to the extension of the weekly SOFSE Lincoln – Realicó passenger service to General Pico. The existing lines from Olascoaga and Pehuajó to La Pampa still suffer from flood damage and their repair hasn't even been discussed.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Long distance passenger traffic

The federal government has announced that it will repair the infrastructure of the Buenos Aires – Rosario and Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata lines. Reports suggest that a new track could be laid parallel to the existing double track line in the case of the Rosario route.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Materfer delivered a fifth new railcar for the weekly Paraná – Concepción del Uruguay service. All new railcars operated by the Entre Rios province rail operator UEFER were paid for by the federal government. Despite the more than sufficient number of units for the scheduled services offered, all passenger trains within Entre Rios won't run during January 2013 in order to facilitate maintenance of rolling stock.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

Regional traffic

Contrary to repeated announcements, the “Tren Expreso Regional Puntano” didn't start operations neither in October nor in November 2012. A new starting date hasn't been given as yet. That service with the marvellous name is supposed to connect the cities of Justo Daract and Villa Mercedes and will consist of a single railcar.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

The Los Amores – Cacuí railcar service in the Chaco province has recently been extended to the Resistencia railway station on weekdays.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

The Resistencia station building has been fully refurbished.
(Source: Fahrplancenter)

23.12.2012

Buenos Aires - Rosario & Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata

The Argentine government finally decided to rehabilitate the main lines from Buenos Aires to Rosario and Mar del Plata and new trains from China may be bought for these two very important main lines.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-8)

04.11.2012

Ceaseation of Talgo Trains

SOFSE has to cease the operation of its Talgo trains between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata for the high maintenance costs of the trains.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-7)

Journy Time Extension

Between Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña and Chorotis journey times of the railcar service had to be extended by more than 30 minutes due to bad track condition.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-7)

Inundation

Train services between Linclon and Realicó have been suspended for an unknown period due to inundation of the line.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-7)

12.10.2012

Tranvía del Este

Tranvía del Este tram line in Buenos Aires ceased operation definitively October 11, 2012. Services operated on an experimental base since 25 July 2007.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-6)

02.09.2012

Suburban Traffic

After the devastating train accident at Once railway station in Buenos Aires, which killed 51 persons and injured over 700, and the subsequent intensive investigations, the licence of the train operator TBA (Trenes de Buenos Aires) was finally revoked. Operation of the TBA lines was handed over to another UGOFE, formed by Metrovías and Ferrovías.
Remedial work has started eventually; extensive repair work on the Once – Moreno line has begun.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents; Satelite Ferroviario; Rieles Latinoamericanos; Crónica Ferroviaria)

TBA

Following revocation of the licence of Trenes de Buenos Aires (see Suburban traffic), the Pilar to Apostoles and Pilar to Paysandú (Uruguay) services were withdrawn without any substitution services. Those trains were operated by Wadloper multiple railcars ex NS. The Buenos Aires/Retiro to Rosario service is now operated by UGOFE.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents; Satelite Ferroviario; Rieles Latinoamericanos; Crónica Ferroviaria)

SOFSE

On 2nd July and after several delays, the public passenger train operator SOFSE started passenger services between Salta and Güemes. An „Apolo“ DMU ex FEVE (Spain) is being used. The new service has proved to be very successful right from the beginning and tickets are usually sold out the previous day. Therefore, a second round-trip (Monday to Friday) has been introduced in August, along with a round-trip on Saturdays.
SOFSE has started rehabilitation work on the railcars used on regional services in the Chaco province. For this, the vehicles are transferred by road to the Laguna Paiva workshops near Santa Fe.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents; Satelite Ferroviario; Rieles Latinoamericanos; Crónica Ferroviaria)

SOFSE/Ferrobaires

The line Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata, currently used by both operators, is in such a bad condition that even for the Talgo trains of SOFSE travel time from end to end had to be extended to about 6 hrs. As a consequence, SOFSE reduced its offer to one train per week during August. Ferrobaires alone is responsible for the infrastructure on this line.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents; Satelite Ferroviario; Rieles Latinoamericanos; Crónica Ferroviaria)

Justo Daract – Villa Mercedes

A local initiative will operate local services between Justo Daract and Villa Mercedes from October 2012, using a railcar. Justo Daract is located at kilometer post 654 of the Buenos Aires – Mendoza main line. The plans also include re-activation of a section of the former branch line to Villa Dolores (Villa Mercedes to La Toma, 79 km) for freight and passenger traffic and, at a later stage, the 99 km section Mercedes – San Luis. This would invalidate the plans of San Luis city to dismantle the railway tracks within its jurisdiction and use the space for construction of an expressway.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents; Satelite Ferroviario; Rieles Latinoamericanos; Crónica Ferroviaria)

Freight traffic

Freight traffic between Encarnación and Posadas (Argentina) has been resumed in June 2012. During the first week, already 500 tonnes were carried.
According to information from the railway administration in Asunción, a full reconstruction of the line Encarnación – Asunción seems to be more and more unlikely. It is intended to focus on the section Encarnación – Ruta VI – Fram – General Artigas.
(Source: EntornoInteligente; FEPASA; local newspapers)