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The proposed FERISTSA project would have traversed through the length of Central America.
LocaleCentral America
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length1,600 mi (2,600 km) (Proposed)

FERISTSA was the name of a proposed 1,600-mile (2,575.0 km) USD $3 billion privately owned commercial railroad going from the Panama Canal Railway Company through the entire length of Central America, linking with Mexico's rail system at the Guatemala border, and thus to Belize, the United States, and Canada.



The railroad's main cargo would have been containers to and from ports in Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Currently, standard gauge track does not extend continuously south of Mexico and many of the existing narrow gauge lines to the south are abandoned, disconnected, derelict, or disused.


In December 2005 (2005-12), the Shaw Group announced that it was in talks with a number of large United States railroad companies to operate FERISTSA. At that time, the Shaw Group estimated that engineering feasibility studies would be ready in two years, arranging the project's financing, the bank syndication and the equity investment would take an additional year and construction of the project would take another four years, putting its initial completion around 2012.[1]

The project is no longer mentioned on Shaw Group's website; the railway has not been built.[2]


The FERISTSA would have run North-South from Mexico to Panama and beyond.

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  1. ^ "Shaw Group in talks with US railroad cos for Feristsa project, Central America, Infrastructure, news". Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  2. ^ "The Shaw Group Inc". Retrieved 2010-10-16.