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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.

Contents

  • 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.

History

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.

Subsidiaries

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

References

  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)
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