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Travel by Train in Argentina

‘La Trochita’ Steam Train is worldly famous because it is the only narrow gauge track train in the world that’s still functioning, featuring American and German Machines


An image is worth more than a thousand words…


This is part of a story of an amazing journey thru the South of the South. In and around the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, the Big Island of Chiloe and the famous Route 40 that we’ve discovered and documented during these wonderful journeys.

This time we’ve head south to travel in one of the World’s Oldest Working trains: La Trochita. This Steam Engine Train that dates back from 1922, and runs thru the Argentine Patagonian Lands.

It has been a lifetime journey, and I thought I’d document it since it’s quite an experience. Taking upon the challenge of the new technologies our world has to offer at this moment I created this short video with the aid of my PC Sony Ericson iP990, quite an accomplishment considering it's seize. It’s been filmed “al natural”, in real time, hand cam and the beauty of nature to delight us…

The music is by Julian Rodriguez a talented young Musician who recently graduated from

CAEMSA Center of High Musical Studies which is linked to the famous Berklee College of Music in academic terms. Julian specially created the music to suit this short documentary.

Something more on this Steam Train from 1922.....

In the Patagonian southern lands of Argentina train lovers from around the world can find what has come to be a railways icon: The Old Patagonian Express, still running today on narrow gauge tracks only 29.5 inches wide.
The Old Patagonian Express was commissioned in 1945 and was affectionately christened by the locals as 'La Trochita' because its narrow tracks.

Until 1993 it was used as a welfare train and ran from Esquel up to Ingeniero Jacobaci in Rio Negro province, and today it is one of the major tourist attractions still running and providing its passengers with an outstanding panoramic view of a magical area of nature and history. 'La Trochita' has, after nearly a half a century, become a national historic monument of the Argentine Patagonian steppes.

According to the historical reconstruction, the Argentine Government requested for 50 Henschel Locomotives and 25 Baldwyn Locomotives to be delivered to Patagonia Light Railways in 1922. Originally manufactured by both firms to be able to be adapted to petrol combustion in stead of coal, these locomotives also feature a heavier weight that the average in these sorts of machines in order to improve its pulling capacity. This unique feature has allowed these locomotives to keep on functioning using all its original features until today: steam engine powered by paraffin petrol supplied by the El Maiten Railway Workshops, where the experts work upon the original blueprints and jealously keep this amazing train as close to the original 1922 version as possible.

Posted by artdealer 08:58 Archived in Argentina Tagged train_travel

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