The south end of the Chilean broad gauge
Mainline stations, Antilhue to Puerto Montt
At long last, in early 2018, we have embarked on the construction of this chapter! This has been planned for ten years or so, but work was diverted into the writing of our book on these railways, and then into other things. Please be patient, as the pages are currently incomplete. Any additional material will be much appreciated. You may contact the authors via the e-mail addresses given on the home page.
We have sought out from the web views of as many of the stations possible noted in the itinerary. Some are modern views, some are very old views.
This station was covered during the journey to Valdivia, on the previous page.
The small modern building as seen in 2011.
La Union station seen from the platform side in this view from the Vias Abandonadas website.
Cocule, ex Empalme Cocule
This station was the junction for the Lago Ranco and Puyehue branch.
The first image shows a southbound train entering Osorno along Calle Portales. In the early 1950s this section was rerouted further west to avoid street running.
This aerial view looking south shows the station building and goods shed, with the loco depot beyond and to the left of the mainline which curves to the right. This loco shed was eventually replaced by one at Ovejeria a couple of kilometres further south. The original depot became the site of the junction for the never-completed branch to Lago Rupanco.
The old station having been replaced by a new one further north, the original building is now used as a community centre.
The station is shown in this shot by Nelson Beseler after the loops and sidings had been lifted.
This was the junction for the Los Muermos branch.
The new station was opened on 7 December 2005 by the President Michelle Batchelet.
The original wooden station down on the waterfront was seriously damaged by the 1960 earthquake. It was then replaced by a modern reinforced concrete building. More recently this section was completely closed and the track cut back to La Paloma. The original station site has since been redeveloped.
The original station is seen in this 1950s view with its long train shed stretching out behind it.
The photo above clearly shows that the station eventually had a long train shed. However, this was presumably a later addition as the postcard below shows short wooden canopies for each of the two platforms.
An aerial view clearly shows the train shed, and to its left the goods shed.
The image below shows the train shed after the rapid demolition of the station building following the 1960 earthquake.
The post-1960 concrete replacement station is seen below.
A view from the opposite direction shows the station as it was in the 1970s and 1980s.