The Ushuaia prison railway & the FCAF
Carriages and wagons
There are around twenty coaches, ranging from a presidential coach and a buffet car, down through first and tourist class coaches, to a toilet car which can be stabled at the outer terminus during the day.
The first series of coaches were painted green. Special purpose vehicles include nos. 1001 to 1004, whilst the main series of first class coaches were numbered 1101 to 1103 and the tourist class coaches 1201 to 1210.
A first class coach outside the workshop at Estación Fin del Mundo.
A second class coach also at Fin del Mundo.
Braking is currently by an air/hydraulic system using standard car parts. This may be replaced by a more conventional air-operated system in the future.
A public address system allows for a running commentary in Spanish and English as the journey progresses.
Two special wagons in passenger livery are the toilet and ticket office vans, for use at the outer terminal station in the national park.
The toilet van, of roughly the same dimensions as a standard carriage, is divided into four cubicles (2).
The ticket office is much shorter and higher (2).
Not shown are the Presidential/VIP coach 1001, the buffet car 1002, and the generator car 1004.
A new series of coaches was introduced from 2003 onwards. These are taller and wider, with end balconies. Windows are double-glazed and the 19 seats are reversible. An improved public address system permits the transmission of a running commentary in the most appropriate language for each coach. To emphasise the improvement the new coaches are painted in red rather than green. Construction has been at the works of Tecnopesca SA in Mar del Plata. The first coaches of the new series are numbered from 1301 onwards.
The first of the new style of passenger coach, showing its open balconies and clerestory roof (2).
Two of the new coaches stand at Estación fin del Mundo for a special occasion.
The third of the new 1400 series coaches.
An end view of one of the 1400 series vehicles.
There are a few flat wagons and skips for permanent way work, one of which has a wide platform on which a small excavator can be transported.
The following list is based on that in Chris Parrott's book (1).
E1001 Presidential Saloon, built Buenos Aires 1994. Seating capacity 8, with bar, kitchen and toilet.
E1002 Buffet Car. Built Winson Engineering 1994. Seating capacity 8, tourist class.
E1003 Toilet Car. Built Winson Engineering 1994.
E1004 Generator Van. Built Winson Engineering 1994.
First class coaches
P1101 Fitted with curtains. Built Buenos Aires 1994. Seating capacity 16.
P1102 Built Buenos Aires 1994. Seating capacity 16.
P1103 Built Buenos Aires 1994. Seating capacity 16.
Tourist class coaches
S1201 With guide position. Built Buenos Aires 1994.
S1202 Built Buenos Aires 1994.
S1203 Built Buenos Aires 1994.
S1204 Built Buenos Aires 1994.
S1205 Built Buenos Aires 1994.
S1206 With guide position. Built Buenos Aires 1994.
S1207 Built Winson Engineering, England 1995.
S1208 'Ushuaia' built Ushuaia 1998.
S1209 'Rio Grande' Built Ushuaia 1998.
S1210 'Tolhuin' With guide position. Built Ushuaia 1998.
New style tourist class coaches
S1301 Built Tecnopesca, Mar del Plata, 2003
S1302 Built Tecnopesca, Mar del Plata, 2003
S1303 Built Tecnopesca, Mar del Plata, 2004
S1304 Built Tecnopesca, Mar del Plata, 2004
S1305 Built Tecnopesca, Mar del Plata, 2004
1400 series carriages
2002 Long bogie flat, with removable side panels.
2004 Skip chassis
2005 Skip chassis with small generator set.
2006 Skip wagon
2007 Skip wagon
2009 Short bogie flat, wide deck fitted winter 2000, also with removable side panels.
Much of the information on this page has been provided directly by Shaun McMahon.