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The south end of the Chilean broad gauge

The southern extremity of the Chilean broad gauge network known as 'Red Sur' extends into Patagonia, though that area is less well defined in Chile than in neighbouring Argentina. We have therefore decided to attempt some coverage of the area south of Victoria.

As information is gathered it will be displayed here. Any contributions will be gratefully received.

 

By 1870s Chilean government had a railway through to the south clearly in its sights. Pto. Montt had been founded in 1850.

The railway reached Talcahuano in 1868, Angol in 1876. In the 1880s the state railways were formed. Dirección de Obras Públicas formed 1888.

Railhead at Collipulli, viaduct over Rio Malleco was next main challenge. 1890 railway arrives at Victoria. 1892 reaches north bank of Río Quillén. 1895 to Temuco. 1898 to Pitriufquén, 1902 to Antilhue, 1902 started work Osorno to Pto. Montt. Reached Pto. Montt in 1913.

The original station at Puerto Montt. This was demolished after the 1960 earthquake had seriously damaged the structure.

PtoMonttstation

 

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1 A map of 'Red Sur' •

2 Itinerary of Red Sur mainline

3 Chilean steam loco lists

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