Argentine North Western Railway

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Argentine North Western Railway
Tucuman noa 1890s.jpg
Tucumán station, 1890s.
Native name Ferrocarril Noroeste Argentino
Type Inter-city
Status Defunct company; rail line active
Locale Tucumán Province
Termini S.M. de Tucumán
Opened 1889
Closed 1899; 118 years ago (1899) (acquired by Córdoba Central Railway)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)

The Argentine North Western Railway (ANW) (in Spanish: Ferrocarril Noroeste Argentino) was a British-owned railway company, founded in 1886, that operated a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge railway network in the Tucumán Province of Argentina. The company was sold to the British-owned Córdoba Central Railway (CC) in 1899.


Tucumán station in 2012.

The company was founded in 1886 to acquire a concession, granted to Samuel Kelton in 1885 by the provincial government of Tucumán, for the construction of a 142-km line from Tucumán south to La Madrid, and for the building of 35 km of branch lines, including one from Concepcíon to Medinas, in the sugar growing region of the province.

The line from Tucumán to La Madrid was completed in September 1889. It would be also known El Provincial due to it only run within Tucumán Province. Nevertheless, the financial situation of the company deteriorated until in 1899 (ten years after of being inaugurated) the ANWR was sold to the Córdoba Central Railway.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elsinger, Alberto (8 June 2012). "La popular línea y estación del "Provincial"". La Gaceta (in Spanish). 


  • Lewis, Colin M. (1983). British Railways in Argentina 1857-1914: A Case Study of Foreign Investment. Athlone Press (for the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London). 
  • Stones, H.R. (1993). British Railways in Argentina 1860-1948. Bromley, Kent, England: P.E. Waters & Associates.