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This site is divided into fourteen main topics. Rollover the red number plates to see what is in each chapter. In each one there may be a number of separate pages, usually accessed by clicking somewhere on a button bar below the title.

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As well as this English language site, a Spanish version is available, thanks to the translation work of David Sinclair.

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LATEST NEWS

Summer
2014

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For the last two years little has been added to this site – not because we have lost interest but because all of our time and energy has gone into preparing a book on the subject. This has now been published.

'Railways at the End of the World – in Patagonia and the South Atlantic Islands'

Click on the book title to move to a page giving more details.

Autumn update

The books are selling well, with almost 50% or the print run now having gone. We hope to produce a brief PDF update after Christmas, detailing any new information that has been received from purchasers of the book. This will be e-mailed to book customers whose addresses we have, and will be available here for anyone else. We also hope to create a page very shortly, on which will be available end elevations and plans to complement the side elevations in the book. Once that has been done we will embark on an update to this website, though that will take some time.

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This site covers the history of the railways, mostly narrow gauge, in the far south of South America and in the islands of the South Atlantic. Some of these were public lines ('common carriers' in US parlance) whilst many others were private industrial or agricultural systems.

It will surprise many to learn that this area contained at least sixty different railways and probably more. There is still much research to do, and any new information would be much appreciated. However, there is already much of interest, from 1500 ton coal trains on the 75cm. (2' 6") gauge, to gold mining and whaling railways! Details are also included of the museums and tourist railways in the area, including 'La Trochita' at Esquel and the 'End of the World' line at Ushuaia.

Please feel free to contact me at the address below, to correct my mistakes, to ask questions, or even to provide new facts or photos. Information for this site and its Spanish language counterpart has been provided by many different helpers from all over the world. The photo above, for example, is by Alan Crotty and was taken in 1988.

Martin Coombs
martin.coombs1 @ virgin.net

 

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