Argentine North Eastern Railway

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The Argentine North Eastern Railway (ANE) (in Spanish: Ferrocarril Nordeste Argentino) was a British-owned railway company, founded in 1887, that operated a 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge railway network in the provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Misiones in Argentina. When the company was nationalised in 1948 it became part of the state-owned Ferrocarril General Urquiza.

The company was founded in 1887 to take over and complete two lines from Monte Caseros in Corrientes Province. The first was to go to Corrientes (371 km), the provincial capital, and the second to Posadas (442 km), the capital of Misiones Province.

Construction of the line to Corrientes, completed as far as Curuzú Cuatiá in 1890, was extended to Mercedes in 1898 and finally reached Corrientes later in the same year. The Posadas line reached Paso de los Libres in 1894 and was extended to Santo Tomé in 1901. Once the section from Santo Tomé to Posadas was opened some years later in 1911 an international rail connection with Paraguay was established.

In 1907 the British-owned East Argentine Railway, which operated a line from Monte Caseros south to Concordia, was taken over by the ANE.

Two years later a branch line from San Diego to the port of Goya on the River Paraná was completed and in 1915 the line from Concordia was extended south to the river port of Concepción del Uruguay. Later that same year the ANE established a joint administration with the neighboring British-owned Entre Ríos Railway (ER).

By the time Peron nationalised Argentina’s railways in 1948 the ANE was operating a 1212 km network which became part of the state-owned Ferrocarril General Urquiza.


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