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These pages are copyright Martin Coombs 1999 - 2019.
For several years little had been added to this site – not because we had lost interest but because all of our time and energy went into preparing a book on the subject. This was published in 2014, and we have since embarked on intermittent updates to the website.
'Railways at the End of the World – in Patagonia and the South Atlantic Islands'
The book has sold well, and is now out of print. We have also produced an eight page PDF supplement, detailing any new information that has been received from purchasers of the book. This has been e-mailed to book customers whose addresses we have, and is available here for anyone else. Download the supplement by clicking below:
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.
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