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La Trochita, between nostalgia and charm

The Patagonian Express La Trochita, one of the most representative tourist attractions of Esquel and Patagonia, celebrated three quarters of a century of life. I know his story.

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On May 25, 1945, after 23 years of construction of 402 kilometers of tracks, the emblematic train began to run, leaving in its wake an iconic steaming trail. In this journey, he paved the way to a path of stories that combine the circulation of production with countless hugs of encounters and reunions and, more here in time, landscapes that thrill thousands of visitors who aboard their wagons penetrate the Patagonian wonders.

The history of La Trochita is linked to a pharaonic project that, since the beginning of the 20th century, sought to expand the national railway network to Patagonia . On a journey that longed to reach the south of the south, joining the Atlantic Ocean with the Andes mountain range.

La Trochita en paisaje nevado.

The arrival of the train to Ingeniero Jacobacci, Rio Black, in 1917, was the first antecedent. Five years later, it would have its own locomotive and wooden wagons . But it was not until 1945 that the route completed the 402 kilometres needed to reach Esquel, on a majestic route of 600 curves, between the steppe and the mountain.

In its first five years of life, the Patagonian Express La Trochita was used to transport hides, wool and wood that producers, until then, took months to make reach the coast of Chubut and then embark towards Buenos Aires.
Only in 1950, La Trochita began to carry passengers, becoming the middle ofmain transport of the inhabitants of the northwest of Chubut province. Between 1960 and 1970, he occupied a central place in the life of the villages, whose seasons saw him stop and advance on his regular routes.

La Trochita.

The reconversion

The subsequent proliferation of motor transport, mainly with trucks and collectives, together with the opening of new routes, were shutting it down and making it non-stop as a means of transporting cargo and passengers.

Publication Date: 29/06/2020

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