World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado

Article Id: WHEBN0002929219
Reproduction Date:

Title: Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Transport in Chile, 5 ft 6 in gauge railway, Carlos Sotomayor, Biotren, Efe
Collection: 1884 Establishments in Chile, 5 Ft 6 in Gauge Railways in Chile, Chilean Brands, Metre Gauge Railways in Chile, Railway Companies of Chile
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado

Metrotrén in the Alameda Station (UT 440)

Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE) is the national railway of Chile.


  • Track gauge 1
  • History 2
  • Subsidiaries 3
    • Passenger rail 3.1
    • Freight services 3.2
    • Special tourist services 3.3
  • Rail links with adjacent countries 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Track gauge

The track gauge is Indian gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) in the south and metre gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) in the north.


The company was created on January 4, 1884 by means of the purchase of the companies that exploited the longitudinal routes and the SantiagoValparaíso route. Since then, the company acquired the railways of the sodium nitrate mining companies in the north of Chile. From 1913 on the network of the EFE extends from Iquique to Puerto Montt. (more translation from Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado to come)

A stable political and economic climate allowed EFE to complete its largest-ever investment programme in December 2005. This involved spending US$1bn in 2003-05 to increase capacity on commuter networks and improved long-distance services.[1]

Railway Station, Quillota, Chile.


Passenger rail

Freight services

High above Tocopilla, Chile, one of SQMs Boxcabs coasts downhill to the Reverso switchback.

Special tourist services

  • Tren de la Araucanía

Rail links with adjacent countries

See also


  1. ^ a b John Kolodziejski (April 1, 2006). "Record investment boosts EFE's passenger business".  
  2. ^ Thomas Salt (April 1, 2006). "Automation gets the most out of mining railway infrastructure". Railway Gazette International (London). 
  3. ^ "Tacna – Arica reopening studies".  

External links

  • EFE official website (in Spanish)
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.