Argentine North Western Railway

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The Argentine North Western Railway (ANW) (in Spanish: Ferrocarril Noroeste Argentino) was a British-owned railway company, founded in 1886, that operated a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge railway network in the Tucumán Province of Argentina. The company was sold to the British-owned Córdoba Central Railway (CC) in 1899.

The company was founded in 1886 to acquire a concession, granted to Samuel Kelton in 1885 by the provincial government of Tucumán, for the construction of a 142 km line from Tucumán south to La Madrid, and for the building of 35 km of branch lines, including one from Concepcíon to Medinas, in the sugar growing region of the province.

The line from Tucumán to La Madrid was completed in 1889 but the financial situation of the company deteriorated until in 1899 it was sold to the CC.


  • Colin M. Lewis, British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment, Athlone Press (for the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London), 1983.
  • H.R.Stones, British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948, P.E.Waters & Associates, Bromley, Kent, England, 1993.