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Chapter 6

The Chiloe Island 60cm gauge railway

Glossary

Site map

Main pages

Introduction

Construction

Locomotives

Rolling stock

Operations

Along the route

Photo album

Surviving relics

Quellon distillery

The other 60cm branches

The Capitan Pastene line

The Chillan to Las Termas line

The Linares to Colbún line

The FC Militar

Appendices

1 Itinerary of route

2 Route map and profile

3 Analysis of Chilean 60cm gauge locos

4 Loco diagrams

5 Documents from prior to construction

6 Documents during construction

7 Documents from later years

8 Rolling stock purchase

9 Linares - Colbún map

10 Capitan Pastene map

11 Cap Pastene line extras

12 Chillán extra images

13 FC Militar map etc

14 FC Militar surviving relics

15 FC Militar extra images

Map of Chillán to Recinto and Niblinto routes, alternative proposals for facilities in Chillán, and itinerary of locations

The map below is a full-sized version of that shown on the main Chillá - Las Termas page. It shows the first section approved for construction, as far as Pinto.

MapChillantoPintolarge

The next map, to a smaller scale, purports to show the line continuing east towards Las Termas, but note that the route is not shown accurately.

MapChillantoLasTermas

Route itinerary – Chillán to Coihueco, Pinto and Recinto, and the branch to Niblinto

Km.

Station or feature

Facilities, notes

0

Chillán station

Altitude 114m.

Bodega para carga
Instalacion de dos focos y medidor electrico

EFE resisting DOP taking land, station already too narrow.

Paradero Cruz de Rifo

A halt at the junction of Avenida Ecuador and the streets Dieciocho and Avenida Francia.

Estación or paradero Santa Elvira

At the entrance to the army barracks, in the old district of Santa Elvira

Estación General Lagos

Altitude 167m.

Edificio, oficinas, casa habitacion
i bodega de 20x9 m.
Casa para cuadrillas de camineros
Casa para cambiador
Casita para cocina
Estanque i bomba para agua

15.???

Bridge over Estero ???, ?m span.

Estación Talquipén

Altitude 206m.

Edificio de dos pisos, oficinas i casa habitacion
Bodega para carga
Casa para cuadrillas de camineros
Casa para cambiador
Casita para cocina

20.???

Bridge over Estero ???, ?m span.

Estación Coihueco

Altitude 253m.

Edificio, oficinas, casa habitacion
Bodega para carga
Casa para cuadrillas de camineros
Casa para cambiador
Casita para cocina
Estanque i bomba para agua

30.???

Bridge over Estero ???, ?m span.

About 5km south of Coihueco

Paradero Roblería

Altitude 253m.

35.027

Estacion Pinto

Altitude 275m.

Edificio de dos pisos, oficinas, casa habitacion
Bodega para carga
Casa para cuadrillas de camineros
Casa para cambiador
Casita para cocina
Estanque i bomba para agua

??

Estación Tanilvoro

Altitude 363m.

48.529

Oblique culvert of concrete, 1.5m span.

49.???

Estación La Esperanza

Altitude 614m.

Water column

54.918

Concrete bridge of 14.4m span.

56.032

44m steel bridge, three spans of 7, 10 and 7m.

56.300

44m steel bridge, three spans of 7, 10 and 7m.

??

Paradero Barrón

80.???

Estación El Recinto

Altitude 798m.

The blue-print plans below show alternative proposed narrow gauge layouts at Chillán. The first two have everything laid out parallel to the broad gauge mainline,
with north being to the right and south to the left. The third plan on the other hand has the main narrow gauge facilities well north of the broad gauge station and
around a 90 degree curve. In this case north is to the top of the plan.

At present it is not known which of these layouts - if any - was adopted for construction and operation.

Chillanplan1

 

Chillanplan2

 

Chillanplan3

Surviving relics

The station building at Talquipén was used for many years as the village school, but is now derelict. It is littered thoughout in paper, but unfortunately this all dates from its years in education rather than being from the railway.

Talquipenstationfront

The front facade is of a standard layout, like that at Lumaco, with from left three doors, a window, a door and finally one more window. This would have been the platform face, with two or more tracks to the left of the picture.

Talquipenstationfront2

The rear is rather more battered.

Talquipenstationback

Talquipenstationrear2

In front of the main building, and to the east, is the goods platform on which there would presumably have been a goods shed or 'bodega'.

Talquipenstationgoodsplatform

Whilst the trackbed through Coihueco station has been tarmaced and is now a residential street, this shed remains. It seems likely that this was the 'casa de camineros' or PW gang hut of the erstwhile station.

Coihuecogoodsshed

Looking east along the trackbed. At the end, by the white car, the route to Pinto & Recinto, and that to Niblinto, would have diverged right and left.

Coihuecostationtrackbed

The original wooden Niblinto station building was destroyed by fire at some point during the life of the railway, and was rebuilt in brick. It too became a school, and remains as such to this day. This is the south face of the building, which would have faced the tracks.

Niblintogableend

Niblintoname

…and the east face.

Niblintosideview

It seems likely that this hut just to the west of the main structure, was a platform shelter for waiting passengers.

Niblintoshelter

In front of the main building again there is the goods platform, though no trace survives of a goods shed. The ramp is probably an addition by the school but the older concrete behind shows the original dimensions of the structure. It is now used as a playground.

Niblintogoodsshedplatform

The only surviving structure at El Recinto is the water tower, though even that has come apart with the tank now lying adjacent to the rail-built framework.

Recintowatertower

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