Santa Fe Western Railway

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The remains of the Rosario Oeste Santafesino station (September 2006)

The Santa Fe Western Railway (SFW) was a railway company which became British-owned in 1900 when it was taken over by the Central Argentine Railway. The company was based in the south of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, where it was known as Ferrocarril Oeste Santafesino (F.C.O.S.).

The SFW was founded in 1883 by Carlos Casado del Alisal (the first president of the Provincial Bank of Santa Fe), with the goal of bringing the agricultural wealth of the region to the Port of Rosario on the Paraná River. [1]

The terminus of this 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm), broad gauge, railway was (Rosario Oeste Santafesino Station), located in the southeast of the city of Rosario, within present-day Parque Urquiza. The line ran west along today's Pellegrini Avenue, and turned southwest along today's Godoy Avenue after Oroño Boulevard. It reached the town of Casilda, then known as Colonia Candelaria. The railway was then extended towards the south of Córdoba Province, reaching Cruz Alta. A number of towns were founded on the way under the sponsorship of the company. [2]

After the SFW was bought by Central, its passenger services were moved to Rosario Central Station, and Rosario O.S. was renamed Rosario Este and dedicated exclusively to cargo and cattle. A new railway was built, eliminating the rails that ran along the avenues. [2]


  1. ^ Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe. Historia institucional.
  2. ^ a b Asociación Rosarina Amigos del Riel. Historia de los Ferrocarriles de Rosario (History of Rosario's Railways).