Ferrocarril General Urquiza

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This article is about the national railway company. For the commuter rail line, see Urquiza Line (Buenos Aires).

Ferrocarril General Urquiza (FCGU), named after the Argentine general and politician Justo José de Urquiza, was one of the six state-owned Argentine railway companies formed after President Juan Perón's nationalisation of the railway network in 1948. The six companies were managed by Ferrocarriles Argentinos which was later broken up during the process of railway privatisation beginning in 1991 during Carlos Menem's presidency.

The FCGU incorporated the British-owned 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge Entre Ríos Railway and Argentine North Eastern Railway companies and its principal lines departed from Federico Lacroze railway terminus in Buenos Aires to the north east through the provinces of Buenos Aires, Entre Ríos, Corrientes, and Misiones.

With the dissolution of Ferrocarriles Argentinos, the interurban and long-distance services have ceased to run, but in recent years, Trenes Especiales Argentinos have returned the Gran Capitán (The Great Captain), a passenger rail service from Buenos Aires to Posadas, capital of the Province of Misiones. Some interurban services in the Province of Entre Ríos also do exist. The transport of freight, previously also administered by Ferrocarriles Argentinos, is handled by the Brazilian company América Latina Logística, who also operates the cargo shipment of Ferrocarril General San Martín.

Suburban branch[edit]

In the metropolitan sector of the City of Buenos Aires there is an electrified commuter branch that operates from the Federico Lacroze terminus in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Chacarita, to the General Lemos station in suburban San Miguel.

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