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The construction of the 'Trocha económica' towards Esquel

Most of these photos were found in Historia de los Ferrocarriles Argentinos, published by the FCE in 1947 to mark the forthcoming nationalisation of all Argentina's railways.

A temporary track and a four-wheeled skip. It would be interesting to know whether such temporary railways were of the final 75cm gauge or of the 60cm more commonly used in construction works.

 

 

An embankment, almost complete, though it looks as though the permanent track has still to be laid.

 

 

Excavating a cutting alongside the Rio Chico. Two lines of temporary track have been laid to assist in the removal of spoil.

 

 

The tunnel near Cerro Mesa, presumably near the end of its construction since the portal appears to be almost complete. This is the only tunnel on the line.

 

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A Henschel on a temporary trestle bridge.

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A concrete pier being constructed for the 20m high bridge over the Arroyo Mayoco.

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It is easy to forget that the line was not finished until 1945. By then concrete was in common use for civil engineering works. The photo on the left shows a culvert being constructed in reinforced concrete. The rail height is presumably somewhere up near the beam crossing the void at the top of the picture.

 

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The 1922 75cm gauge empire

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Other users of equipment

Appendices

1 List of locos

2 Rolling stock lists

3 The FCCC itinerary

4 The Esquel itinerary

5 The Río Negro itinerary

6 The 1942 FCCC timetable

7 1960 working timetable

8 Plan of Trelew

9 Track layout photos at Ing. Jacobacci

10 Perez report 1925

11 1955 report

12A 1957 report part A

12B 1957 report part B

12C 1957 report part C

12D 1957 report part D

12E 1957 report part E

12F 1957 report part F

13 1959 report

14 Calculos report

15 1961 report

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