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Trans-Andean Railways

There are several Trans-Andean Railways which are either planned, built, defunct, or waiting to be restored.

The lines are listed in order from North to South.

Colombian Railways

See Railways in Colombia

North Trans-Andean Railway

Much of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Railway (a vast railway network that once ran from Guayaquil to Quito) has been rendered useless by natural disasters. Torrential rains from the 1982-83 and 1997-98 El Ninos caused massive landslides that damaged the railway line. Only three sections remain operational: a 37-mile/59.5 km segment connecting Quito and Cotopaxi National Park; a 27-mile/43.5 stretch between Ibarra and Primer Paso; and the mountainous five-hour, 62-mile/99.8 km excursion from Riobamba to Sibambe.


In July 2006 Ferrocarril Central Andino began work to regauge the Huancayo - Huancavelica line from 914 mm to 1,435 mm gauge. There was also a proposal for a 21 km tunnel under the Andes.

See also


Bolivia - Chile Trans-Andean Railway

Line proposed.

Bolivian National Railways (ENFE) and consultant Hagler Bailly, United States, have signed a contract to undertake an economic feasibility study into the proposed $US 1 billion 338 km Aiquile-Santa Cruz Railway (IRJ July p6). The line will connect the Eastern Railway network with the Andean Railway network, and would effectively create a new trans-Andean railway from Pacific Ocean ports in Chile to the Brazilian port of Santos.

See also

Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia

Ferrocarill Arica La Paz, AricaLa Paz

Central Trans-Andean Railway

from Valparaiso (Chile) to Mendoza (Argentina) – defunct, pending reconstruction [*]. While Chile and Argentina both use the same 1,676 mm gauge, the the link railway used a narrow gauge of with rack railway sections. Thus there are two break-of-gauge stations, one at Los Andes and the other at Mendoza.

See also

Transandine Railway

South Trans-Andean Railway

from Lonquimay (Chile) to Zapala (Argentina) - construction abandoned . 220 km line once again proposed in 2005 and work underway at Chilean end in 2005; first stage completed by early 2006. Possible break-of-gauge. Possible rack railway.

from Osorno to Bariloche – never built

See also

Tren de las Nubes

Panama Railway

Panama Railway

Railways in Colombia

External links

Mercosur report on links - Argentine Ministry of Economy (doc format)

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