List of town tramway systems in Chile

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This is a list of town tramway systems in Chile by region. It includes all tram systems, past and present. Regions of Chile are arranged geographically, from north to south.

XV Arica-Parinacota[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Arica  ?  ?  ? see note.
  • Note for Arica: Morrison (1992) [1] states that old postcards show rails in the streets of this town, but no other evidence of a town tramway could be found.

I Tarapacá[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Iquique Horse 1885 192_ [2]
Accumulator (storage battery) 1916 (or 1917  ? [3]
Petrol (gasoline)  ? 1930 [4] Heritage tramway opened October 24, 2004.
  Pisagua Horse 1889 1917 [5]

II Antofagasta[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Antofagasta Horse 1893 1914 [6]
  Tocopilla Horse 1904 1909 (?) [7]

III Atacama[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Copiapó Horse 1890 1904 (?) [8]

IV Coquimbo[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Coquimbo Horse 1895 1929 [9]
  La Serena Horse 1887 1922 [10]

V Valparaíso[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Cartagena Horse 1909 ca. 1935 [11]
  Los Andes Horse 1889  ? [12]
  Limache Horse 1884 193_ [13]
  Quillota Horse 1884 (?) 1923 (?) [14]
  San Antonio Horse 188_  ? [15]
Steam  ?  ? [16]
Petrol (gasoline)  ? 193_ [17]
  San Felipe Horse 1886 1933 (?) [18]
  Valparaíso Horse Mar 4, 1863 1907 [19]
Electric Dec 26, 1904 Dec 30, 1952 [20]. See also Trolleybuses in Valparaíso.
  Viña del Mar Horse 1888 1906 [21]
Electric see Valparaíso – Viña del Mar   [22]
  ♦ Valparaíso – Viña del Mar Electric Jan 28, 1906 1947 (Morrison (1992, page 33) [23] states that horse trams worked much of the service until full electric operation began on Nov 11, 1906).

RM Región Metropolitana de Santiago[edit]

Neighboring and suburban tramway systems in the Santiago region, arranged anti- (counter-) clockwise, northwest to east.

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Santiago (de Chile) Horse Jun 10, 1858

1920

1912

1942

[24].
Petrol (gasoline) 1922 1940 [25].
Electric Sep 2, 1900 Feb 21, 1959 [26].
Electric Jan 11, 1902 Apr 30, 1910 [27] Electric rack tramway, on Cerro Santa Lucía hill.
  Renca Horse  ?  ? [28].
  Batuco Horse 194_ ca. 1975 Horse tramway operation on branch of Santiago – Valparaíso railway (Morrison (1992, page 54)) [29].
  ♦ Santiago – Pudahuel Horse, Steam 1903 192_  
Petrol (gasoline) 192_ 1934 [30] Part of line electrified in 1934; remainder of line to Pudahuel and branches to Cerro Navia and Resbalón. Electrified segment closed 1951
  Quinta Normal Horse 1904 1929 [31].
Electric 1929 after 1965 [32].
  Maipú Horse 1910 (?) 193_ [33]
  MallocoPeñaflor Horse 1915 (?) after 1936 [34].
  Melipilla Horse 1915 1932 [35].
  ♦ Santiago – San Bernardo Horse 1901 1907 (?)  
Electric Feb 9, 1907 1945 (?) [36], [37].
  La CisternaLa Granja Horse 1907 1942 [38].
  Nos – Santa Inés Horse 1890 1940 [39].
  ♦ Santiago – Puente Alto Electric 1925 195_ (by 1963) [40].
  BuinSanta Rita Horse  ? 1938 (?) [41].
  BuinMaipo Horse 1918 (?)  ? [42].
  ♦ Puente Alto Electric 1925 195_ (by 1963) [43].
  Chacarilla Horse  ? 1923 (?) [44].

VI O'Higgins[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Graneros Horse 1920 after 1934 (?) [45]
  Rancagua Horse Jul 1905 1918 [46]
Electric Jul 8, 1918 1930 Morrison [47] describes unsuccessful efforts to find photographs of the Rancagua tramway.
  Rengo Horse 1872 1918 (?) [48]
Electric Mar 14, 1918 1923 [49]
Petrol (gasoline) 1923 ca. 1927 Morrison [50] states that no photographs of the Rengo tramway could be found.

VII Maule[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Cauquenes Horse 1900 1915 (?) [51]
  Constitución Horse ca. 1915 1934 [52]
  Molina Horse by 1915 1927 [53]
  Parral Horse ca. 1911 1928 [54]
  San Javier Horse 1906 1927 [55]
  Talca Horse ca. 1884 1916 [56]
Electric 1916 1933 [57] Operation suspended Dec 1, 1928 because of damage caused by earthquake. Part of system restored Dec 25, 1928.
  Villa Alegre Electric Aug 29, 1915 Nov 26, 1926 [58] Closed Oct 1923, reopened Sep 1925 by a new undertaking.
Petrol (gasoline) 1926 1931 [59] Horse traction also used during 1926 – 1931.
  • Curicó Morrison [60] states that Chilean government statistics reported an animal-powered tramway in Curicó Province, but that histories of Curicó town state that no tramway was built.

VIII Bío-Bío[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Chillán Horse 1877 (or 1884) 194_ [61]
Electric 1921 1936 [62]
  Concepción Horse 1886 1910 [63]
Electric Jul 4, 1908 Nov 21, 1941 [64] See note.
  ♦ Concepción – Talcahuano Electric Jul 4, 1908 Nov 21, 1941 [65] See note.
  ♦ Talcahuano Horse 1898 1928 [66] Connected Talcahuano and San Vicente.
Electric 1908 Nov 21, 1941 [67] See note.
  Pemuco Horse 1909 192_ [68]
  San Carlos Horse 1894 1928 [69]

Non-public tramway:

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Lebu Electric 1914  ? [70]
  • Note for Concepción, Concepción – Talcahuano and Talcahuano: Operation suspended Jan 24, 1939 – Feb 1939 because of damage caused by earthquake.

IX Araucanía[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Curacautín Horse (?) 192_ (?) 192_ (?) [71]
  Temuco Horse 1881 1920 [72]
Electric Mar 1919 1936 [73] Southernmost electric tramway system in South America.
  Traiguén Electric 1903 1929 Passenger service on electric goods (freight) railway (Morrison [74]).
  • Collipulli: Morrison [75] states that the tramway listed here in Chilean government statistics was in fact a goods (freight) railway, worked by electric traction.

X Los Lagos[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
  Puerto Montt Horse 1927 1931 [76]

XII Magallanes y Antártica Chilena[edit]

Name of System Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Ferrocarril Mina Loreto Punta Arenas Horse Jan 29, 1902 1950 [77] Passenger service on railway, connecting docks to coal mine, with part of line built in streets.

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