Compañía General de Ferrocarriles en la Provincia de Buenos Aires
|Compañía General de Ferrocarriles en la Provincia de Buenos Aires|
Locomotive and workers in Rosario, 1918.
|Native name||Compagnie générale de chemins de fer dans la Province de Buenos Aires'|
|Locale||Buenos Aires Province
|Operator(s)||Argentren (2015) [b]|
|Track gauge||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)|
The Compañía General de Ferrocarriles en la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CGBA) (in French: "Compagnie générale de chemins de fer dans la Province de Buenos Aires") was a French–owned company, formed in 1904, which operated a metre-gauge railway network in Argentina.
In 1904 the company took over a concession to build lines between the ports of Buenos Aires and Rosario, and to La Plata, together with other branch lines in the west and south of Buenos Aires Province. These lines were built as detailed below:
|Section||Length (km)||Date Opened|
|Buenos Aires - Rosario||395||1908-01-25|
|Villars - 9 de Julio||202||1909-03-01|
|González Catán - Port of La Plata||88||1910-07-27|
|Pergamino - Vedia||122||1910-12-05|
|Patricios - Buenos Aires||224||1911-12-07|
|9 de Julio - General Villegas||232||1912-12-01|
The company always faced tough competition from the various large British-owned railway companies operating in the Province who had already built lines in those areas where most profit was to be made. As a result of this competition, plans to build a line between Buenos Aires and Bahía Blanca and other branch lines were abandoned.
When the Government of Juan Domingo Perón took over the railways in 1948, the CGBA became part of Ferrocarril Belgrano. In 1961 the Government of Arturo Illia decided to close all the lines that were uneconomic so many branches were closed, such as the CGBA's G3 (to Port of La Plata), G4 (to General Villegas), G5 (to Victorino de la Plaza) and G6 (to Vedia).
Of those branches, only G remained active but only to González Catán. During the railway privatisation in Argentina in 1992, the line was taken over by Metropolitano, that operated the line until the contract of concession was revoked by the Government of Argentina in 2007. As a result, the Buenos Aires-González Catán branch was operated by the consortium UGOFE until February 2014 when the whole Belgrano Sur Line was re-privatised and given in concession to private company "Argentren" of Emepa Group. UGOFE was therefore dissolved.
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- Historia Integral Argentina, Vol. 5, p. 183; Centro Editor de América Latina, 1971
- Argentine working timetables - narrow & standard gauge (Archive)
- "Historia de la Compañía General de Buenos Aires" on Plataforma 14 website
- "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
- "Las privadas volverán a operar la mayoría de las líneas ferroviarias", Clarín, 12 Feb 2014
- "El Gobierno estableció un nuevo régimen de operaciones de las líneas ferroviarias", Telam, 12 Feb 2014
- Amigos del Ferrocarril Belgrano, a civil association dedicated to recover Ferrocarril Belgrano's tracks and stations
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