Caracas – Cúa
Integral rehabilitation work on the suburban railway Caracas – Cúa is under way since mid-September 2017. During night hours, sleepers and ballast are being replaced, and the track is tamped and lined.
Bridge over La Ruezga
In order to resume traffic between the suburb of San Jacinto and the main station of Barquisimeto, the state railway IFE has started construction of a new concrete bridge across the river La Ruezga. The old steel bridge was removed in February 2017, and the western abutment was built during the same month, followed by the eastern abutment on 17 April 2017, thereby using a mass of 505 cubic metres of concrete. The bridge deck will be put in place in the coming months, while re-opening for traffic all the way to Barquisimeto is expected until the end of 2017.
San Jacinto - Yaritagua
On 20 May 2017, passenger traffic between San Jacinto an Yaritagua finally started. Contrary to the orignal plans, two daily round-trips are operated. Until further notice, passengers are not required to buy a ticket.
Barquisimeto - Yaritagua
Construction of a further bridge between Barquisimeto and Yaritagua puts off reopening of the entire line to traffic for at least one more year. Some sections of the line have, however, been made available for the haulage of grains; thereby using Chinese locomotives and wagons.
Caracas – Tuy Medio
During the Christmas holiday period, state railway IFE carried out extensive repair work on the Caracas – Tuy Medio suburban railway. All tracks were integrally cleaned and repaired and, with the help of Charallave municipality, the stations were deep cleaned and got a spruce-up (new lightning, green areas).
Cúa – Puerto Cabellos
Construction work on the new line Cúa – Puerto Cabellos has been resumed after a long interruption. At the end of 2016, track was being laid between Cagua and Mariara in the Maracay area, and over 70'000 cubic metres of ballast were also brought out. At the same time, work on the Cagua and Mariara stations continued. Both of them were fitted with toilet facilities, and operational spaces were completed.
Yaritagua – Acarígua
In December 2016, all sets of points were changed on the Yaritagua – Acarígua line, which means that the core work required to reopening this branch line to traffic is complete.
Puerto Cabello - La Encrucijada
After payment of a large quantity of debts (over 1,4bi of US$) from the years 2003 to 2013 caused by construction of the new 128,8 km long railway between Puerto Cabello and La Encrucijada, construction work could be reiniciated mid 2016. The line is more than 50% complete, but an opening date was not mentioned.
(Source: Volta o Trem 20-7)
New Station Ayacucho
The new Ayacucho station on the metro line to Los Teques was opened on 07 October 2015. This was the first new opening since the economic crisis of the country started.
(Source: Metro de Caracas)
Yaritagua – Acarigua
The state railway company IFE has concluded the rehabilitation of the 67 km-long line from Yaritagua to Acarigua on 01 December 2015 and announced that passenger traffic is due to start “shortly”. For this purpose, two of the chinese-built trains which were stored for years at Barquisimeto have also been refurbished. Work on this line started in 2011.
Resumption of passenger traffic on the main route Puerto Cabello – Barquisimeto has, once more, been announced for 2016.
(Source: IFE, CRBZ)
Caracas – Cúa
To increase the number of train services between Caracas and Cúa 13 new EMU’s will be delivered from Japan during 2014.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-6)
Barquisimeto – Yaritagua
Opening of the Barquisimeto – Yaritagua section may be delayed by another 12 to 18 months. The La Ruega bridge should be replaced and at Yaritagua new station tracks should be laid during this time. Ende 2013 a track machine may be transferred from Caracas to Yaritagua to speed up rehabilitation works.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-4)
Construction of new railway line is due to continue under the new state president Maduro. The state railway IFE reported that the Yaritagua station has now been completed and is ready for operations. It is expected that the first trains from Barquisimeto to Yaritagua will run at some point in 2014 as infrastructure work is now complete. A staff training programme started at the end of May 2013 to prepare train crews for operating the new chinese diesel railcars. Some trains will reach Yaritagua and the local population has been warned against trespassing on the railway tracks.
During the mourning period about the late president Chavez passengers can use the suburban trains between Caracas and Cúa for free.
(Source: Volta o Trem 17-2)
The start of passenger service from Barquisimeto to Yaritagua, originally announced for December 2012, has been postponed until further notice. Some of the road overbridges along the line are still under construction and were not completed on time.
New railway line
First test runs took place on a section of the line Puerto Cabello - Encruzijada which is under construction.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-6)
IFE announced that passenger train services between Barquisimeto and Yaritagua may now definitively start end-december 2012.
(Source: Volta o Trem 16-6)