Retiro railway station

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Buenos Aires Retiro
Central Station
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Ferrocarril General Bartolomé Mitre station facade.
Retiro railway station is located in Argentina
Retiro railway station
Location in Buenos Aires
Station statistics
Address Ramos Mejía Avenue, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Connections metro station
Platforms 19
Other information
Opened August 1, 1915

Retiro Station (Estación Retiro in Spanish) is a large railway terminus in the Buenos Aires central business district in Argentina, located in the district of Retiro, opposite Plaza San Martín, a large public square.

One of Argentina's busiest railway stations, Retiro is the terminus for three railway lines; Mitre, Belgrano, and San Martin and is adjacent to the Retiro bus station (Terminal de Omnibus), the principal long-distance bus terminal in Buenos Aires. The complex is accessible by the C line of the Buenos Aires Metro system and by numerous local public bus services. A modern tramway extension that will link Retiro, the Puerto Madero district and Constitución terminal train station is in the planning stages.[1]

History[edit]

The French-style station building was designed by the British architects Eustace L. Conder, Roger Conder and Sydney G. Follet together with the engineer Reginald Reynolds. Building began in June 1909 and the station was opened on 1 August 1915. The steel structure for the building was made in Liverpool, England, and re-assembled in Argentina. For many years it was considered to be the most important example of structural engineering in South America and architecturally one of the finest buildings in the world. In 1997 it was declared a National Monument.[2]

Historic Photos
Retiro Station c1916
Great Hall on opening day, 2 August 1915
Great Hall towards train shed

Services[edit]

Retiro Station Great Hall ticket lobby, entrance to the metro station on right
Retiro Mitre glass and iron train shed

Commuter Rail Services[edit]

Retiro is the largest commuter rail station in Buenos Aires and more commuter trains arrive and depart from here than in any other station in the city. As of 2006, the following companies operate regular services to the suburbs of Buenos Aires along three principal lines:

Long-Distance Trains[edit]

In addition to its status as the hub of an extensive commuter railway network, Retiro is also the terminus of a few long-distance passenger services which provide access to cities in the north and west of the country. As of 2006, the following companies manage these long-distance services:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rossi, Antonio (2007). "Proyectan Tranvía de Retiro a Constitución". La Nación. Retrieved 2007-07-13.  (Spanish)
  2. ^ Decreto 437/97 (Spanish) Retrieved 2010-12-27
  3. ^ UGOFE S.A. (Spanish)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°35′29″S 58°22′29″W / 34.59139°S 58.37472°W / -34.59139; -58.37472