Ferrocentral

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Ferrocentral
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Routes operated by Ferrocentral.
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A train in Tucumán station.
Dates of operation 2005–2014
Predecessor Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Successor Trenes Argentinos
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Headquarters Buenos Aires

Ferrocentral was an Argentine private railway company, with a name formed by a combination of the Spanish words for "Central Rail" It operated long-distance passenger trains from its base at Retiro station in Buenos Aires to several locations in northern Argentina, running on Ferrocarril Mitre's rail tracks.

History[edit]

All of the train routes managed by Ferrocentral had been previously operated by Ferrocarriles Argentinos, the country's now-defunct national passenger railroad corporation. After the privatisation of Ferrocarriles Argentinos starting in 1991, many train services across Argentina were indefinitely discontinued. Since the year 2005, however, Ferrocentral was formed and successfully resurrected some passenger lines.

Ferrocentral was established in 2005, being formed by two railway companies, Nuevo Central Argentino (concessionary of Ferrocarril Mitre's freight services) and Ferrovías (which operates the Belgrano Norte Line) with the purpose of running trains from Retiro station in Buenos Aires to the city of Córdoba.[1][2] [3]

In 2006 Ferrocentral started to run trains to San Miguel de Tucumán, with stops in Rosario and La Banda, a city of Santiago del Estero Province.[4]

One year later the company also re-opened the "Tren de las Sierras" (Mountain range Train) of Córdoba, that connects the cities of Córdoba and Cosquín in Córdoba Province.

On 2013, Ministry of Transport of Argentina, Florencio Ranzzo, signed a resolution transferring the services to Córdoba and San Miguel de Tucumán to State-owned companies SOFSE and Administración de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF).[5][6]

Some of the passenger train services operated by Ferrocentral were:[7]

Most trains operated in the late night and early morning hours as the rail lines are used for transporting cargo during the daytime.

Nevertheless, some problems with ticket sales were reported by users, accusing the company to give a poor service for online purchasing, as well as the virtually nil availavility of seats.[8]

On November 2014, the Government of Argentina (through the State-owned company Operadora Ferroviaria Sociedad del Estado) took over the services to Rosario, Santa Fe, San Miguel de Tucumán and Córdoba, leaving Ferrocentral inactive.[9][10]

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