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Government and the state railway FEPASA keep pursuing the project of the suburban railway Asunción – Luque, although this happens considerably slower than expected. Expropriation of illegally occupied property along the track alignment was carried out with a reasonable effort, but there is a major challenge to recover property that had been lawfully made available to third parties for unlimited use some 10 or 20 years ago. In those cases, major structures were built and the users of those buildings now claim huge indemnizations which haven't been included in the project costs so far. A further issue arose in conjunction with the Ñu Guazú motorway construction work. The center divider is property of the railway and will be used to lay the track of the suburban railway, but the Ministry of Transport has authorised construction of a (road) junction at Luque which interferes with the railway alignment.
While the overall project cost amounts to US$ 80m for the entire line, the government has so far only made some US$ 20m available. Most of these funds will have to be used for the aforementioned indemnizations. It is still unclear how the funding gap will be closed, however, the Chairman of the state railway told the press in June 2017: „We will get the suburban railway, one way or another, the only question is when“.
(Source: Ultimahora)

Angostura - Paraguarí - San Salvador - Abaí

Ferroviaria Oriental S.A., operator of the eastern rail network of Bolivia, has applied for the construction of a railway line in Paraguay. The line, which will mainly carry freight traffic, will include the following sections:
- A new line Paraguarí – Angostura, 50,6 km
- Reconstrucion of the former Paraguarí – San Salvador (97,7 km) and San Salvador – Abaí (79.7 km) lines, including a new station at Abaí
The new section of line will lead from Paraguarí in western direction via Nueva Italia to the port of Angostura on the Río Paraguay. On the other hand, the current, unused track alignment will be used and track relaid on the Paraguarí – San Salvador – Abaí section. Axle load will be 25 tons, trains will run at a maximum speed of 65 km/h. Passing loops will be 800 m long. Wherever possible, existing stations will be reactivated. Although the main purpose of the line will be haulage of freight, a limited passenger traffic hasn't been ruled out.
(Source: FEPASA)


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)


Posadas – Encarnación

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


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)


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)


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:, Rieles)


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)


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)


Asunción - Luque - Ypacaraí

The state railway FEPASA and the paraguayan government are currently promoting construction of a Tram-Train type suburban railway from Asunción to Luque and Ypacaraí. The line should start as a tramway within Asunción, then use the centre divider of the new motorway Ñu Guasu and finally follow the current track alignment eastbound to Ypacaraí. Overall cost for the electrified line is estimated at US$ 240 to 250 Mio and it appears that South Corea is interested in participating in the project.
(Source: Entorno Inteligente)


FEPASA forgotten

The new Paraguayan government is forgetting the state rail-way FEPASA. No new director has been appointed. Freight traffic from Encarnación to Argentina decreased from 20’000 tonnes in 2012 to only 9000 tonnes during the first 7 months of 2013.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-4)


Freight traffic

The project of building a new railway system through the south of Paraguay is taking more and more shape. The 530 km long line will start at Presidente Franco at the brasilian border, then go to Curupayty and later to Resistencia in Argentina. The metre-gauge system will connect the most productive region of the country. The project was first presented by the south-corean cooperation agency Koica. In the meantime, the international group Rio Tinto has demonstrated great interest in it, as Rio Tinto has plans to build an aluminium plant in the catchment area of the line. Favourable political signals are coming from Brazil, because a metre-gauge connection from the brazilian Atlantic coast via Paraguay to Argentina is on the “wish list” for a long time already.
The paraguayan state railway FEPASA seems to clearly prefer that scheme, which puts the execution of the Asunción – Encarnación rebuilding project in doubt, particularly since the budgeted costs appear to keep rising even before the first sod is cut. This project is proposed and promoted by a swiss-austrian-german syndicate.

(Source: Fahrplancenter)


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)