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Old January 8th, 2007, 12:36 PM   #1
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CHILE | Railways

The Metrotrén (metrotrain) is a regional/suburban rail system running out of Santiago's Central Station to
the city of San Fernando, about 150km (93mi) to the south. The Metrotrén system has 16 stations and is
run by the EFE (Empresa de Ferrocarriles del Estado, the State Rail Company). The system was started in
October 1990 and currently has a ridership of about 7.5 to 8 million passengers a year with 94 trips daily.
Commuters may also access the Santiago metro (subway) from the Central Station.


Chile has a passenger rail system which also runs out of the Santiago Central Station all the way to the
southern city of Puerto Montt, but this is not the same as the Metrotrén and is not the subject of this thread.

The following pictures and text were provided by the Chilean forumer Caglieri, who's given me
permission to post it. All of the pictures are taken by him on the 1.5hr train trip he took in December 2006 to
Rengo, 110km (69mi) south of Santiago.


The orange line indicates the trip to Rengo pictured here. San Fernando is just to the south.


Estación Central Alameda, Central Station on Santiago's main thoroughfare the Alameda
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v^ These stairs go down to the Estación Central station of Santiago's Metro (subway)


Next two pictures show the exit towards Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, otherwise known as
La Alameda, Santiago's "Main Street"





UTS-444 Terrasur model


UT-440 Metrotrén model


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Interior of the Metrotrén, train model UT-440




San Bernardo Station
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Centuries-old San Bernardo Station, recently restored






Landscapes during the trip, typical of Chile's Central Valley









Graneros Station, taken from the train's interior


Enjoying a comfortable journey






Interior of the train car






Rengo Station


An old sign, which is still in use


Ticket windows




Exiting the station, by way of Avenida Bisquertt


Rengo's Misiones Winery


Typical house of Chile's central zone


And finally a picture of the train ticket ($1500 Chilean Pesos are about US$2.85)
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Old January 8th, 2007, 01:42 PM   #2
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An incredible and interesting work!! caglieri is a first class forumer ... thanks to you, Iggui ,for bringing it to us!!
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Old January 8th, 2007, 10:01 PM   #3
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Great work Iggui!!

Thanks!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 01:49 AM   #4
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great work!

Thanks for this topic

here is one more:

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Old January 9th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #5
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Nice infrastructure!

Trains are Spanish, they are 2nd hand from the 80s and they have been completely refurbished.

We still have some of them here in Spain!
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Old January 10th, 2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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Thanks Bitxofo for the info! Yes those trains look quite cool actually.

Chile uses them for short-haul commuting only. There are also other types of trains for medium and long haul:

Medium haul:






Long haul:








There are more trains in other cities and also subways, but that's another topic

cheers!

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Old January 11th, 2007, 03:49 AM   #7
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your 2nd, 5th, and 6th pictures are not loading
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Old January 26th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #8
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metrotren

if i'm not mistaken the blue/gold trains are older and the orange are new, correct? Weren't the new orange trains originally built for Concepcion's Biotren and if so what's the Biotren using for rolling stock?
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Old January 27th, 2007, 03:20 AM   #9
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How fast are those trains?
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Old January 27th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #10
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How fast are those trains?
440 and 444: 140 km/h
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Old January 27th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #11
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440 and 444: 140 km/h


gràcies per ajudar.
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Old April 25th, 2009, 12:15 PM   #12
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Chilean Railways




Total: 6,782 km

Chile's railways (except for a few dedicated industrial lines) are operated by the state owned company "Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado" (EFE), which completed a major investment programme in 2005.





















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Old April 26th, 2009, 04:20 PM   #13
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Nice!

It would be great to see the Chile - Argentina rail link re-established.

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Old February 11th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #14
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What about regular rail services from Santiago to Puerto Montt or from Santiago to Valparaiso? Can we dream for some Northern line? Ate there any talks about High speed rail in Chile?
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All the pics above show former Spanish trains from Renfe.
Ex-class 440 and 444 EMUs from Renfe exactly, all more or less refurbished and sold to Chile.
You might recognize the only slightly 440 EMU from Renfe, now in a different livery.
The others are heavily refurbished and harder to recognize...
Hope they´re doping well, they´re not that new...
Seventies and eighties stuff.
There is also a pic of an ex-Arco Renfe coach (the TerraSur one).
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Reopening closer for Arica - La Paz

CHILE: The reopening of the 206 km railway between the port of Arica and the Bolivian border at Visviri moved a step closer this month with the operation of the first test train along the entire route.

A locomotive hauling six wagons carrying track materials left Arica at 18.07 on January 9, arriving at Visviri at 09.45 the following day after stopping at Puquios to change crews.

Restoration of the Chilean section of the 1 000 mm gauge railway built to connect Arica with the Bolivian capital La Paz has been undertaken by Arica port authority EPA at a cost of US$45m and has taken two years to complete.

Work undertaken by Comsa has included laying 67 500 m of rail on 73 000 timber sleepers to enable freight trains to operate at up to 40 km/h.

'The track is physically operational from beginning to end, which means that beyond the administrative formalities and meeting a few more milestones, which will be done in February, we can announce that the route is fit for traffic along its entire length', said EPA President Francisco Javier González.

Once certification is obtained, it is intended that the infrastructure will be handed over to a subsidiary of state railway EFE which will be responsible for maintenance and managing operations.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/p...ca-la-paz.html
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A quick trip last year for the shortlived Tren Temuco excursion:


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Comparing Santiago's Central station to the São Paulo's Central stations

Seeing the interior of the Santiago's Estación Central Alameda, makes me reminding from one of the São Paulo's railway terminals: the Brás station, whose entrance in the Largo da Concórdia (in the Brás district) follows directly to the platforms.
And the stairs that goes down from the internal platforms from Estación Central Alameda to the Santiago's subway reminds me from the Luz station (which's the São Paulo's central station).

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Rolling stock in Chile

All these rolling stock in the Chilean railways was manufactured in Spain by CAF (http://www.caf.net).

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