The route in detail
NB This chapter is in the early stages of preparation. The decision has been made to extend our coverage northwards to Neuquen but we are still collecting information, data and photos. Any assistance will be much appreciated.
The FC Sud line to Neuquen starts theoretically at the city of Bahia Blanca, but in operating terms the route begins at Puerto Ingeniero White, the FCS port south of the city.
Here is a panoramic view of Pto. Ing. White, with six locos lined up for the camera. Most of them are the 2-6-2Ts which would have been used in the port for shunting.
One of the small ferries that were used to cross the Rio Negro or to give access to islands such as that at Choele-Choel.
Cipolletti station. This was the original Confluencia station, for Neuquen, on the east side of the big bridge. On the completion of the bridge it was closed but was reopened by request and renamed Cipolletti after the engineer who had... This was the junction for the brach to Cinco Saltos and the barrage.
This is the platform façade of Neuquén station. (1)
The following five photos were taken by Arthur Coleman in the course of his railway work. (2)
This is a coming together of two culture, the Argentine and the British. Señor Félix San Martín, clearly an Argentine country gentleman, stands in front of a wooden palisade fence of a type that can be found even today in many British stations and beside a name plate on a pole supporting a lamp in typically British style.
The goods yard at Zapala. It´s full of bales of wool belonging to Estancia Gente Grande. These are stacked in the open air as the good shed is already full up.
This is how the bales got to Zapala station.
Senillosa station on 2nd January 1914. The station appears to be in the middle of the desert without another building im site. Note how the earth ballast covers the sleepers.
Zapala station on the opening day. Whilst there have been many proposals for the line to continue westward and over the Chilean border, any aspiring passenger would still be waiting at Zapala!
Rumbo al Sud, a virtual magazine, run by Marcelo Arcas, which deals with the history of railways to the south of Buenos Aires, has an interesting multi-part article on the architecture of the railway stations of the FCS. Pictures of many of the stations along this line may be found in it. The site is located at <http://tandil.iespana.es/tandil/01015a.htm>
Lines not constructed
The BAGSR's route to Neuquén