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Dismantling of Tracks

All tracks at Cochabamba railway station have been lifted and dismantled in preparation for the construction of the new urban railway system in and around this city. Re-instatement of the railbus connection to Aiquile will, therefore, not be possible anymore.

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.


Tramway Santa Cruz de la Sierra

A project for building a tramway network at Santa Cruz de la Sierra has been announced early in April 2015.
(Source: Volta o Trem 19-4)


Arica - Puquíos - Viacha

Commercial freight traffic will start in mid-April 2015, after a disruption of over 10 years. Initially, trains will run between Arica and Puquíos and some 8 months later, trains are expected to regularly reach Viacha in Bolivia. The railway has sourced 2 new diesel locomotives and 20 multi-use freight cars.
A media statement from management points out that freight traffic has priority, but at a later stage passenger and tourist train operations are not ruled out. The railway now operates under the stewardship of the Chilean state railway EFE.
(Source: Aricaldia)


Arica – La Paz

In November Ferrocarril Arica – La Paz received 2 new diesel-locomotives for an amount of US$3,5mio. The new locos have engines of 1850 hp and new technologies help to reduce fuel consumption.
(Source: Volta o Trem 18-9)


Empresa Ferroviaria Oriental

Passenger train service on the east Bolivian network has been curtailed. While there is just one weekly round-trip on the southern line (Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Yacuíba) – a mixed train for passengers and freight – the timetable between Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Puerto Quijarro at the border to Brazil has been considerably thinned. The Expreso Oriental and the Ferrobus do three round-trips each per week. No services run on Saturdays, and the Tren Regional (all-stopper) has ceased to run altogether.
Completion of the road between Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Puerto Suárez had a devastating impact on passenger figures. There were 547'000 passengers carried in 2007 while in 2013 there were just 78'883 passengers using the trains. Freight traffic, on the other hand, increased some 17% from 2012 to 2013, reaching the figure of 1'535'306 tons.
(Source: FCO)

Areal cableway La Paz - El Alto

At the end of April 2014, state president Evo Morales inaugurated the highest aerial cableway in the world. The line connects La Paz with the suburb of El Alto, located at about 4000m above sea level. It is composed of 3 sections with an overall length of 10,7 km and resting on 77 pylons. The 443 cabins, carrying 10 passengers each, provide a capacity of 3000 passengers per hour in either direction. This will take some pressure off the congested roads. Starting point is at the former main railway station of La Paz. It was built in record time by the Austrian manufacturer Doppelmayr and cost US$ 235 Mio.
(Source: Fahrplancenter correspondents)



November 8, 2013 FCA resumed passenger train services to Villazón. The services have been withdrawn for more than a year because a bridge had to be repaired after it collapsed.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-8)


Arica – La Paz

Over a year ago the Andean Railway company reintroduced a passenger service between Viacha and Charaña on the Bolivian section of the Arica – La Paz Railway. A home-built railbus is running three times a week in each direction.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-4)

Atocha - Villazón

End 2013 the line to Villazón will be back in operation. Train services South of Atocha have been suspended due to a damaged bridge.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-4)


Freight Wagons

Former FEVE of Spain sold 80 flat wagons to Empresa Ferroviaria Oriental in Bolivia. The wagons will arrive at the port of Arica and from there be coneyed by rail over the Arica-Viacha-Antofagasta-Socompa-Güemes-Santa Cruz de la Sierra line.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-3)


Empresa Ferroviaria Andina SA

All trains south of Atocha were withdrawn effective 30th January 2013. This affects the trains “Wara Wara del Sur” and “Expreso del Sur” which keep running between Oruro, Uyuni and Atocha.
The tourist train from El Alto to Guaquí will run monthly in 2013, operating on the second Sunday of each month with a departure time of 0800 from El Alto. The train has stopovers in both Tiwanacu and Guaquí.
(Source: Empresa Ferroviaria Andina SA)

Empresa Ferroviaria Oriental SA

Train service on the eastern network has been slightly reduced. The following services are currently operated:
Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Quijarro Local train, 3 times per week
Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Quijarro Rápido, 3 times per week
Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Quijarro, Ferrobus, 3 times per week
Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Yacuíba, Mixto, once a week
(Source: Empresa Ferroviaria Oriental SA)


Tupiza - Villazón

Empresa Ferroviaria Andina suspended all trains between Tupiza and Villazón from January 30, 2013 on. The reason for this step is unkonwn.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-1)



The city of Cochabamba plans to relocate the main railway station and to put a suburban train service into operation.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-6)