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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 Linares to Colbún route and itinerary of locations

This is a higher resolution version of the map on the Linares to Colbún route page, and showing the (very unexciting) gradient profile. These maps were originally published in ???

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Route itinerary – Linares to Colbún

Km.

Station or feature

Facilities, notes

0.496

Linares station

1.?

5m bridge over

3.?

5m bridge over

5.?

10m bridge over

7.?

5m bridge over

7.238

Paradero Arrayanes

8.000?

100m bridge over Río Putarán

11.?

10m bridge over Estero Abranquil

11.820

Yerbas Buenas station

12.?

5m bridge over

14.?

30m bridge over Estero Abranquil

16.340

Abranquil station

19.?

10m bridge over Estero de la Barra?

19.?

Level crossing with coal bunkers immediately to east

19.408

San Juan station mentioned in provisional timetable

23.?

20m bridge over

24.5

Rari station mentioned in provisional timetable

25.6

Km 25.6 station mentioned in provisional timetable

26.122 or 27.5?

Panimávida station

31.?

?m bridge over Estero ?

33.300

Colbún station

A report during construction period talks of bridges Abranquil 1 & 2, and Machicura 1. Also bridge over Estero Caballo Blanco no. 1 consisting of 3 10m spans.

Surviving relics
The narrow gauge station and depot at Linares, on the east side of the broad gauge, has long since given way to new land-uses and to a road underpass beneath the mainline. Further north, however, the trackbed can generally be clearly distinguished using Google Earth, though much has become very overgrown and would be difficult to walk unless currently used as a farm track. Concrete abutments of the bridge over the Río Putarán are presumably still in place, as are others over minor streams or irrigation ditches. The site of Yerbas Buenas station has been re-used for housing.

A concrete bridge abutment shows the site of the railway alignment just south of Yerbas Buenas station.

YerbasBuenasbridgeabutment

Approaching Panimávida, at Km 24 there are supposedly concrete coal bunkers still surviving just after a level crossing site, but these are on private land and permission to examine them was not forthcoming. Panimávida station's two storey wooden building does, however, still exist, in a fetching shade of pink and in use as a ‘librería’ or stationery store. Just to the east of it are the derelict concrete walls and roof beams of the water-bottling plant, though new houses have taken over part of the location of the siding which led to its north end.

Panimávida station building is shown in the following three photos, taken in April 2016. The first view is from the north-west, whilst others show the western frontage that would have faced the tracks.

Panimavidastationnow1

Panimavidastationnow2

Panimavidastationnow3

In the spa hotel 'Termas de Panimávida' there is preserved a ticket counter and grill, supposedly rescued from the station.

Panimavidastationticketcounter

The water bottling plant behind the station at Panimávida is now derelict.

Panimavidafactoryruins

Looking north from Panimávida station: the tracks would have been on the line of the surfaced road to the right, though in the distance that road terminates in a sharp bend to join the main road north seen on the left.

Panimavidanowlookingnorth

The final stretch of the route... the track northwards ran east of the parallel main road. There is now no sign of the location of Colbún station, which was just north of the plaza and behind the present-day school.

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