Operadora Ferroviaria Sociedad del Estado

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Operadora Ferroviaria S.E.
Trenes Argentinos Operadora Ferroviaria
State-owned
Industry Public transport
Predecessor UGOMS
Sociedad Comercial del Plata
Founded 2008; 7 years ago (2008)
Founder Government of Argentina
Headquarters Buenos Aires, Argentina
Area served
National
Services Railway maintenance
Subsidiaries Sarmiento Line
Tren de la Costa
Website www.sofse.gob.ar
A SDD7 diesel-electric locomotive acquired to CSR to run luxury services to Mar del Plata.

The Operadora Ferroviaria Sociedad del Estado (DBA Trenes Argentinos Operadora Ferroviaria) is an Argentine State-owned company created in 2008 to operate the passenger and freight transport services in Argentina, including the mainteaneance of the coaches.

History[edit]

After the Railway privatisation in Argentina at the beginning of the 1990s the railway assets that had not given in concession were taken over by Ferrocarriles Argentinos before being dissolved.

From 1996 to 2000 those assets were administered by "Ente Nacional de Administración de Bienes Ferroviarios" (ENABIEF) created through a National Decree promulgated by the Presidency of Argentina. On June 1, 2000, ENABIEF merged to Dirección Nacional de Bienes del Estado.

From then on, the "Organismo Nacional de Administración de Bienes" (ONABE) began its activities as an organism created to manage the assets not directly affected to State activities.[1]

Law 26.352 promulgated in 2008 re-organized the railway operations in Argentina creating two State organisms, the "Administración de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias" (ADIF) and the Operadora Ferroviaria (SOFSE). Decree N° 752/08 regulated the activities by the recently established company since then.

Although having been established in 2008, SOFSE became active two years later, when the organism took over the railway services in Chaco Province left by Servicios Ferroviarios del Chaco. In 2011 the organism added the regional services of Salta and Buenos Aires Provinces. When Minister of Transport was created in 2012, SOFSE took over all the urban services not granted in concession of Greater Buenos Aires. The society also began to operate interuban services such as train services to Córdoba, Tucumán cities and other services previously operated by the Government of Entre Ríos Province.

On June 2013, SOFSE took over the Tren de la Costa when the Government decided the company would be managed by the Argentine State after revoking the contract with Sociedad Comercial del Plata.[2]

On September 2013, the Government of Argentina designed SOFSE to operate the Mitre and Sarmiento lines, after their contracts of concession were revoked to Trenes de Buenos Aires. This decision was officially promulgated through Resolution N° 1083/13.[3][4][5][6][7]

SOFSE operated temporarily the Mitre line until the Government of Argentina re-privatised it, giving the line in concession to "Corredores Ferroviarios S.A." (a private company part of Grupo EMEPA) on February 12, 2014.[8][9][10]

In December 2014, brand new trains acquired by the Government of Argentina to Chinese company CSR, started to run luxury services from Constitución to Mar del Plata.[11][12] Classic service continued to be operated by Ferrobaires.[13]

Services operated[edit]

Province/s covered Cities run Km.[a] Line
Buenos Aires Once - Moreno (Sarmiento Line)[14] 45 Sarmiento
Moreno - Mercedes 62
MerloLobos 90
Maipú - Delta (Tren de la Costa)[14] 15 Mitre
Constitución - Mar del Plata [b] 400 Roca
Buenos Aires - Córdoba[15][16][17] Retiro - Córdoba 695 Mitre
Buenos Aires - La Pampa Once - General Pico (Realicó branch) [18] 570 Sarmiento
Once - General Pico (Trenque Lauquen branch) [19] 612
Once - Santa Rosa[20][15][16] 605
Buenos Aires - Santa Fe Retiro - Rosario[15][16] 315 Mitre
Buenos Aires - Tucumán Retiro - San Miguel de Tucumán[15][16] 1,170 Mitre
Chaco Resistencia - Puerto Tirol [21][22] 23 Belgrano
R.S. Peña - Chorotis[23] 185
Resistencia - Los Amores[24] 153
Córdoba Córdoba - Villa María[25] 150 Mitre
Entre Ríos Paraná - Colonia Avellaneda [26][22] 13 Urquiza
Basavilbaso - Concordia[27][28] 172
Paraná - Concepción del Uruguay[29] 280
Salta Salta - General Güemes[30][31] 40 Belgrano

Operation agreements[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Estimated distance between cities.
  2. ^ Only for luxury services. Regular services are still operated by Ferrobaires.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia del organismo" at ONABE website
  2. ^ "Trenes: el Gobierno reestatizó una línea de carga y otra de pasajeros", Infobae, 4 Jun 2013
  3. ^ "Transfirieron a SOFSE la Línea Mitre y Sarmiento", Rieles.com, 13 Sep 2013
  4. ^ "El gobierno nacional estatizó los ferrocarriles Sarmiento y Mitre", Infobae, 11 Sep 2013
  5. ^ "Avanza la estatización de trenes: se suman Sarmiento y Mitre", Diario Popular, 12 Sep 2013
  6. ^ "El Sarmiento ya es estatal", Página/12, 26 Oct 2013
  7. ^ Resolution N° 1083/13, Official Bulletin of Argentina, 11 Sep 2013
  8. ^ "Trenes: le dan a Roggio el Mitre y el San Martín y a Emepa, el Roca y el Belgrano Sur", La Nación, 12 Feb 2014
  9. ^ "Las privadas volverán a operar la mayoría de las líneas ferroviarias", Clarín, 12 Feb 2014
  10. ^ "El Gobierno estableció un nuevo régimen de operaciones de las líneas ferroviarias", Telam, 12 Feb 2014
  11. ^ "Los nuevos trenes a Mar del Plata funcionarán desde este viernes" on Telam, 19 Dec 2014
  12. ^ "Realizará su primer viaje el tren chino que unirá Buenos Aires con Mar del Plata" on MinutoUno, 21 Nov 2014
  13. ^ a b "Horarios - Mar del Plata" on Satélite Ferroviario website
  14. ^ a b "Operación" on SOFSE.gob.ar website, 21 Oct 2014
  15. ^ a b c d "Estatizaron los trenes de pasajeros de larga distancia", Clarín, 8 Nov 2014
  16. ^ a b c d "Resolución 1093/2013 - Asignación de servicios y administración de infraestructura", Official Bulletin of Argentina
  17. ^ Retiro Córdoba on Satélite Ferrovario
  18. ^ Once - Gral. Pico por Realicó on Satelite Ferroviario, 21 Oct 2014
  19. ^ Once - Gral. Pico por Trenque Lauquen, Satélite Ferroviario, 22 Oct 2014
  20. ^ Once - Santa Rosa - Satelite Ferroviario, 22 Oct 2014
  21. ^ Puerto Vilelas - Servicio local: Resistencia - Puerto Tirol - Satelite Ferroviario
  22. ^ a b Trenes Argentinos - Informe de Gestión - Primer Trimestre (pag 21-25)
  23. ^ Roque Sáenz Peña - Chorotis - Satelite Ferroviario
  24. ^ Resistencia - Cacuí - Los Amores - Satelite Ferroviario
  25. ^ Córdoba - Villa María on Satélite Ferroviario
  26. ^ Servicio local: Paraná a Oro Verde, V. Fontana y C. Avellaneda - Satelite Ferroviario
  27. ^ Basavilbaso at Satélite Ferroviario
  28. ^ "Sofse: Parece que la solución vino rápida y el tren de pasajeros ahora llega hasta Concordia" at Crónica Ferroviaria, 4 Apr 2014
  29. ^ Paraná - Concepción del Uruguay - Satelite Ferroviario
  30. ^ Salta - Güemes - Satelite Ferroviario
  31. ^ Las Distancias.com

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