Operadora Ferroviaria Sociedad del Estado

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Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Operadora Ferroviaria S.E.
Trenes Argentinos Operadora Ferroviaria
State-owned
Industry Railway
Predecessor
Founded 2008; 8 years ago (2008)
Founder Government of Argentina
Headquarters Buenos Aires, Argentina
Area served
National
Key people
Guillermo Dietrich (Ministry of Transport)
Marcelo Orfila (President)[1]
Services Railway transport and maintenance
Owner Government of Argentina
Parent Ferrocarriles Argentinos S.E.
Website sofse.gob.ar

Operadora Ferroviaria Sociedad del Estado[2][3] (abbreviated SOFSE, DBA Ferrocarriles Argentinos Operadora Ferroviaria) is an Argentine State-owned company created in 2008 to operate passenger services in Argentina. It is a subsidiary of the Ferrocarriles Argentinos holding company.

Since March 2015 SOFSE has also run the Buenos Aires commuter rail services previously operated by private companies as the Mitre, San Martín, Roca and Belgrano Sur lines.[4][5]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Former logo
A CNR CKD8G diesel-electric locomotive running express services to Mar del Plata.
A CSR train running on Sarmiento line.
SOFSE Materfer and CNR CKD8 rolling stock in Bragado.

After the Railway privatisation in Argentina at the beginning of the 1990s the railway assets that had not given in concession were taken over by Ferrocarriles Argentinos before being dissolved.

From 1996 to 2000 those assets were administered by "Ente Nacional de Administración de Bienes Ferroviarios" (ENABIEF) created through a National Decree promulgated by the Presidency of Argentina. On June 1, 2000, ENABIEF merged to Dirección Nacional de Bienes del Estado.

From then on, the "Organismo Nacional de Administración de Bienes" (ONABE) began its activities as an organism created to manage the assets not directly affected to State activities.[6]

Law 26.352 promulgated in 2008 re-organized the railway operations in Argentina creating two State organisms, the "Administración de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias" (ADIF) and the Operadora Ferroviaria (SOFSE). Decree N° 752/08 regulated the activities by the recently established company since then.

Further operations[edit]

Although having been established in 2008, SOFSE became active two years later, when the organism took over the railway services in Chaco Province left by Servicios Ferroviarios del Chaco (SEFECHA). In 2011 the organism added the regional services of Salta and Buenos Aires Provinces. When Minister of Transport was created in 2012, SOFSE took over all the urban services not granted in concession of Greater Buenos Aires. The society also began to operate interuban services such as train services to Córdoba, Tucumán cities and other services previously operated by the Government of Entre Ríos Province.

On June 2013, SOFSE took over the Tren de la Costa when the Government decided the company would be managed by the Argentine State after revoking the contract with Sociedad Comercial del Plata.[7]

On September 2013, the Government of Argentina designed SOFSE to operate the Mitre and Sarmiento lines, after their contracts of concession were revoked to Trenes de Buenos Aires. This decision was officially promulgated through Resolution N° 1083/13.[8][9][10][11][12]

SOFSE operated temporarily the Mitre line until the Government of Argentina re-privatised it, giving the line in concession to "Corredores Ferroviarios S.A." (a private company part of Emepa Group) on February 12, 2014.[13][14][15]

In December 2014, brand new trains acquired by the Government of Argentina to Chinese company CNR Dalian, started to run luxury services from Constitución to Mar del Plata.[16][17] Classic service continued to be operated by Ferrobaires.[18]

In February 2015, services from Buenos Aires to Rufino, Santa Fe were reestablished after 22 years. The service runs with brand-new trains acquired to China on Ferrocarril San Martín tracks. Trains make stops at Chacabuco, Junín, Vedia and Alberdi, among other stations.[19][20][21]

In March 2015, Sofse started to run the CNR CKD8 trains from Retiro to Córdoba. Due to the poor conditions of the tracks, trains took 19 hours to run the 700 km (430 mi) between terminus. It was double the time that in 1938, when services operated by Central Argentine took 9 hours to connect both cities with two intermediate stops.[22][23]

In January 2016, the Ministry of Transport ceased operations over services to La Pampa Province. The Government took the decision based on the low demand of the Santa RosaGeneral Pico line and the poor conditions of some bridges that had been deteriorated after the flooding on August 2015.[24][25][26]

Commuter rail renationalisation[edit]

Operadora Ferroviaria took over Belgrano Sur and Roca (operated by Argentren) and Mitre and San Martín (operated by Corredores Ferroviarios) lines after the Government of Argentina rescinded the contracts signed with both companies on March 2, 2015. The contract terms specified that the concession could be cancelled with no right to claim compensation.[4] The agreements had been signed in February 2014, committing Argentren and Corredores Ferroviarios to operate the lines.[5][27][28]

Services operated[edit]

A Materfer DMU on the Mitre Line, 2015.
Maipú station platforms in Olivos, Buenos Aires.
Emepa Alerce train in Padilla station.

The following is a list of services operated by Operadora Ferroviaria in Argentina. The list includes urban railways such as Mitre, San Martín, Roca and Belgrano Sur lines previously managed by private companies. The Binational service Posadas-Encarnación is run by Casimiro Zbikoski S.A. through an operation agreement with SOFSE.[29]

Province/s covered Cities run Km.[a] Company/Line
Buenos Aires Once - Moreno[30] 45 Sarmiento Line
Moreno - Mercedes 62
MerloLobos 90
Constitución - Mar del Plata [b] 400 FC Roca
Constitución - Ezeiza 35 Roca line
Ezeiza - Cañuelas 35
Constitución - Alejandro Korn 45
Constitución - La Plata 60
Temperley - Bosques 10
Temperley - Haedo 10
Temperley - Gral. Alvear 230
La Plata - Policlínico (University train) 4
Buenos Aires - González Catán 30 Belgrano Sur
Tapiales - Marinos Cruc. Belgrano 15
Puente Alsina - Aldo Bonzi 17
Retiro - Tigre 30 Mitre line
Retiro - B. Mitre 15
Retiro - José León Suárez 27
Victoria - Capilla del Señor 60
Villa Ballester - Zárate 75
Maipú - Delta (Tren de la Costa)[30] 15 FC. Mitre
Retiro - Doctor Cabred 70 San Martín Line
Retiro - Del Viso 48 Belgrano Norte [c]
Constitución - Bahía Blanca 637 Roca
Buenos Aires - Córdoba[32][33][34] Retiro - Córdoba 695 Mitre
Buenos Aires - Santa Fe Retiro - Rosario Sur [32][33][35] 315 Mitre
Retiro - Rufino [19][36] 430 San Martín
Buenos Aires - Tucumán Retiro - S.M. de Tucumán (via Rosario Norte) [32][33] 1,170 Mitre
Chaco Resistencia - Puerto Tirol [37][38] 23 Belgrano
R.S. Peña - Chorotis[39] 185
Resistencia - Los Amores[40] 153
Córdoba Córdoba - Villa María[41] 150 Mitre
Alta Córdoba - Cosquín (Tren de las Sierras) 150 Belgrano
Entre Ríos Paraná - Colonia Avellaneda [38][42] 13 Urquiza
Basavilbaso - Villaguay[43][44] 172
Paraná - Concepción del Uruguay[45] 280
Salta Salta - General Güemes[46][47] 40 Belgrano
Neuquén, Río Negro Neuquén - Cipolletti (Tren del Valle)[48] 10 Roca

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Estimated distance between cities.
  2. ^ Only for luxury services. Regular services are still operated by Ferrobaires.[18]
  3. ^ Although the Belgrano Norte is operated by private company Ferrovías, the differential service (2 trains per day) is managed by the National state.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perfil de los funcionarios de Dietrich para Ferrocarriles", En el Subte, 9 Dec 2015
  2. ^ Resolution 163/2015 - Infoleg (Spanish)
  3. ^ Licitación Pública Nacional 05/2015 - Trenes Argentinos Operadora Ferroviaria (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b "Ya está lista la ley que prevé más control estatal sobre los trenes", Clarín, 5 Mar 2015
  5. ^ a b "Estado rescindió contrato de trenes a privados y avisó que no pagará indemnizaciones", Ambito Financiero, 2 Mar 2015
  6. ^ "Historia del organismo" at ONABE website
  7. ^ "Trenes: el Gobierno reestatizó una línea de carga y otra de pasajeros", Infobae, 4 Jun 2013
  8. ^ "Transfirieron a SOFSE la Línea Mitre y Sarmiento", Rieles.com, 13 Sep 2013
  9. ^ "El gobierno nacional estatizó los ferrocarriles Sarmiento y Mitre", Infobae, 11 Sep 2013
  10. ^ "Avanza la estatización de trenes: se suman Sarmiento y Mitre", Diario Popular, 12 Sep 2013
  11. ^ "El Sarmiento ya es estatal", Página/12, 26 Oct 2013
  12. ^ Resolution N° 1083/13, Official Bulletin of Argentina, 11 Sep 2013
  13. ^ "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
  14. ^ "Las privadas volverán a operar la mayoría de las líneas ferroviarias" Clarín, 12 Feb 2014
  15. ^ "El Gobierno estableció un nuevo régimen de operaciones de las líneas ferroviarias", Telam, 12 Feb 2014
  16. ^ "Los nuevos trenes a Mar del Plata funcionarán desde este viernes" on Telam, 19 Dec 2014
  17. ^ "Realizará su primer viaje el tren chino que unirá Buenos Aires con Mar del Plata" on MinutoUno, 21 Nov 2014
  18. ^ a b "Horarios - Mar del Plata" on Satélite Ferroviario website
  19. ^ a b "", Infobae, 6 Feb 2015
  20. ^ "Después de más de dos décadas volvió el tren de pasajeros a Rufino", Cronica Ferroviaria, 2 March 2015
  21. ^ "Mañana vuelve el tren a Rufino", La Capital, 27 Feb 2015
  22. ^ "El nuevo tren a Córdoba tardó media hora más que en 1890", Clarín, 11 Mar 2015
  23. ^ "El nuevo tren a Córdoba tarda más del doble que en 1938", Infobae, 12 Mar 2015
  24. ^ "La Pampa se quedó otra vez sin tren de pasajeros", El Diario de La Pampa, 26 Jan 2016
  25. ^ "Trenes: una herencia precaria que dejó el kichnerismo y que el maquillaje no disimula ", La Nación, 21 Jan 2016
  26. ^ "En La Pampa ya dejaron de funcionar los trenes de pasajeros", Diario Registrado, 26 Jan 2016
  27. ^ "Buenos Aires commuter routes renationalised", Railway Gazzette, 3 Mar 2015
  28. ^ Resolution N° 171/2015 - Official Bulletin of Argentina
  29. ^ Operación directa / Acuerdos de operación on Trenes Argentinos website
  30. ^ a b "Operación" on SOFSE.gob.ar website, 21 Oct 2014
  31. ^ Diferencial del Belgrano Norte: será operado por el Estado - EnElSubte, 8 July 2015.
  32. ^ a b c "Estatizaron los trenes de pasajeros de larga distancia", Clarín, 8 Nov 2014
  33. ^ a b c "Resolución 1093/2013 - Asignación de servicios y administración de infraestructura", Official Bulletin of Argentina
  34. ^ Retiro Córdoba on Satélite Ferrovario
  35. ^ "Ramos: 'El tren de pasajeros de Rosario a Buenos Aires inicia servicio regular el 1 de abril'", Crónica Ferroviaria, 2 Mar 2015
  36. ^ "Horarios tren de pasajeros Nros. 565 y 566 Retiro - Rufino" on Crónica Ferroviaria
  37. ^ Puerto Vilelas - Servicio local: Resistencia - Puerto Tirol - Satelite Ferroviario
  38. ^ a b Trenes Argentinos - Informe de Gestión - Primer Trimestre (pag 21-25)
  39. ^ Roque Sáenz Peña - Chorotis - Satelite Ferroviario
  40. ^ Resistencia - Cacuí - Los Amores - Satelite Ferroviario
  41. ^ Córdoba - Villa María on Satélite Ferroviario
  42. ^ Servicio local: Paraná a Oro Verde, V. Fontana y C. Avellaneda - Satelite Ferroviario
  43. ^ Basavilbaso-Villaguay on SOFSE website
  44. ^ "Sofse: Parece que la solución vino rápida y el tren de pasajeros ahora llega hasta Concordia" at Crónica Ferroviaria, 4 Apr 2014
  45. ^ Paraná - Concepción del Uruguay - Satelite Ferroviario
  46. ^ Salta - Güemes - Satelite Ferroviario
  47. ^ Las Distancias.com
  48. ^ Resolución 1281/2015 - Ministry of Transport, Official Bulletin, 16 Jul 2015

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