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Reports have appeared locally that steam may be introduced as part of a plan to develop the area for tourism.
Click here for one such (Spanish language) report (3rd June 2000).
Congratulations to Gabriel Asenjo of G&G and Shaun Mc Mahon as part of INTI for all the hard work they have put in to get this project so far in a relatively short time. Local magazine Tren Rodante ( - link found broken on 27th October 2017) had an article in edition 202 which covers this, but also an illustrated historical (Spanish language) article on RFIRT (3rd November 2015).
A further November press release has now appeared (27th November 2015), followed by news up till the end of the year (13th February 2015)..
Thanks to Hans Schaefer for tipping me off on this one (19th July 2012). Getting up-to-date information on the Esquel operation has never been easy, but Chris Lewis has emailed me the current (early 2005) schedule.
David Thornhill points out that the UK's Railway Gazette reported an allocation of just over GBP 1 million to renovate the line, welcome, but realistically this is small beer for such a long line (18th October 2007). I have made this available as a PDF file (15th December 2004).
Manfred Schoeler sent me a report of his visit in August and September 1996 with two of his pictures.
Shaun has now sent me a news release detailed ambitious development plans for the Rio Turbio system (2nd November 2004), including a possible international link to Chile.
Click here for more information (link added 2nd October 2000).
This is a 500mm gauge (narrow gauge or miniature according to your point of view) running out of Ushuaia into a national park in the deep south of the country - it carries large numbers of tourists many of whom arrive in cruise liners. Jack Neville sent a report of a November 2014 visit (23rd December 2014) Currently it has 3 steam locomotives on the roster: For some time Shaun Mc Mahon was chief engineer here and as such was involved in ensuring that the steam locomotives were modified to reflect best 'modern' practice as far as was practical.
A set of pictures is now also available on this site (extra picture, 20th June 2015).
Progress is such that 119 has now had its boiler refitted as seen in these pictures supplied by Shaun Mc Mahon (28th August 2015).
Martyn Bane has visited the Rio Turbio system and an extensive report (1st February 2004) of his visit covering the remaining steam locomotives was posted on his own site (some of which now appears on similarly a visit to the FCAF, dead by April 2015, 2nd February 2004).