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Rail transport in Colombia


The rail transport network in Colombia has a total length of 3,304 km. There are 150 km of standard gauge connecting Cerrejon coal mines to maritime port of Puerto Bolivar at Bahia de Portete, and 3,154 km of narrow gauge of which 2,611 km are in use. The state-owned railway company (National Railways of Colombia) was liquidated in the 1990s.

Railway concessions

Railway concessions were awarded on July 27, 1999 to Ferrocarriles del Norte de Colombia S.A. (FENOCO), as the Atlantic concession, and on November 4, 1998 to the Sociedad Concesionaria de la Red Ferrea del Pacifico SA, later named Tren de Occidente SA as the Pacific concession. Since 1991 the section La Loma - Puerto Drummond, with 192 kilometers, transports coal. Also from July 2003 the section Bogota - Belencito, with 257 kilometers, is operating on the Atlantic concession transporting cement. In the Pacific concession the section between La Paila and Buenaventura has a total of 292 kilometers.

Investment programme

There is a US$600 million investment programme planned for 2008 and studies for a US$350 million new line between Puerto Berrio and Saboya. Under this contract sections of the Atlantic network Neiva Villavieja and 177 km Ibague La Dorada would be built. Other sections to be built include Sogamoso Tunja and Puerto Berrio Cisneros.

Maps

UNHCR Map

Metro

Medellin is the only city thus far (2008) to have built a metro (rapid transit) system. Consultants are to be appointed in 2008 to develop a metro system in the capital city Bogota.

Timeline

1880s

The construction of the Bogota Savannah Railway begins in 1882.

1920s

Railways are built with English money along the Magdalena River. Baldwin engines are used.

2008

A July 5 meeting between Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador regarding a railway for freight and passengers to link the three countries, and the Pacific ocean with the Atlantic ocean was held.

2009

Vale to build branches from the Atlantic railway to connect its coal mine to its new port at Puerto Cordoba

Build/Rebuild/Maintain concession for 1,050 km from La Dorada to Santa Marta port on the Atlantic coast.

Railway links with adjacent countries

Venezuela - yes, but inoperative (Railroad of Cucuta) - proposed to be restored

Brazil - no

Ecuador - no - proposed

Peru - no

Panama - no

See also

Transport in Colombia

External links

http://www.ferrovias.gov.co

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