Servicios Ferroviarios del Chaco
Railcars operated by SEFECHA
in Fontana station (2006).
|Owner||Government of Chaco|
Servicios Ferroviarios del Chaco S.A. (also known for its acronym SEFECHA) (in English: "Chaco Railway Services") was a State-owned railway company which operated passenger rail services in the Chaco Province of Argentina
As part of railway privatization, carried out during the presidency of Carlos Menem, a concession to operate the services was granted to the government of Chaco Province in 1992, being later transferred to "Servicios Ferroviarios del Chaco" (also known for its acronym "SEFECHA") in August 1999.
The Government of Chaco carried out a plan to rehabilitate some branches within the Province, being the first the Cacuí-La Sabana line, re-opened in December 1997 running railcars by MAN.
In March 1998 another service was added, the Sáenz Peña-Taco Pozo line, with 3 trains a week. The 319-km path included the north of Santiago del Estero Province. That same year SEFECHA re-opened the 190-km length Sáenz Peña-Chorotis branch.
In May 2010, the Government of Argentina took over services previously operated by SEFECHA, which was dissolved. Nowadays those services, together with those of Tren de las Sierras in Córdoba Province, are the only ex-FCGB passenger services in the interior of the country that are still in operation.
Two 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge services were run by SEFECHA until 2010:
|Province/s||Cities run||Dist./Km.||Former company|
|Chaco, Santa Fe||Resistencia – Los Amores||153 ||Provincial de Santa Fe|
|Chaco||Roque Sáenz Peña – Chorotis||185 ||Central Norte|