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The "Friends of Latin American Railroads" are a group ( link added 17th August 2001) set up to try to arrest the decline of railways in the region. Their website contains summary information on the status of railways in the region. Email to get in touch.

Latin Tracks was 'the only English Language Latin American Railroad Journal'
With the sad passing of Danny Thomas, I fear the magazine is no more.

For Caribbean countries not covered here, please visit a series of articles which are linked from my Tales page - Railway Relics (and more) in the Caribbean. (Link added 29th February 2024).

Antigua Index

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Back in 2013/14, Thomas Kautzor visited several islands in the West Indies to record surviving industrial and railway heritage. At the time Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST Marion (1178/1911) was under active restoration. and it has since been put on exhibition outside the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. This is Phil Barnes' picture from 21st March 2017 (13th February 2020). 

Argentina Index

Local magazine Tren Rodante has articles of steam interest. I've yet to work out how to view back numbers...

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Rio Turbio Railway

The paragraph below originated some 10 or more years ago and for a long time, things went very quiet. Now it is reported on the Coalition for Sustainable Rail website ( that things are on the move, in particular, 107 and 119 which have been despatched to Buenos Aires for restoration. There are pictures of work in progress on Flickr.  Perhaps in a realistic move, steam is planned only for tourist operation but no doubt the tour operators will be eagerly waiting for the chance to recreate some 'real' coal trains. Thanks to Trevor Heath for this (added 13th February 2014). A set of pictures is now also available on this site (extra picture, 20th June 2015). Progress is such that 119 has now had its boiler refitted as seen in these pictures supplied by Shaun McMahon (28th August 2015). I have now added two press releases and more pictures on progress from June and August 2015 (updated 14th September 2015).

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119 has now been successfully steamed and has gone home where it will undergo more testing before entering service. Congratulations to Gabriel Asenjo of G&G and Shaun McMahon as part of INTI for all the hard work they have put in to get this project so far in a relatively short time. Click here for a photo report (23rd October 2015). A short YouTube video is now available (3rd November 2015). Local magazine Tren Rodante had an article in edition 202 which covers this, but also an illustrated historical (Spanish language) article on RFIRT  (3rd November 2015). A further November press release has now appeared (27th November 2015), followed by news up till the end of the year (13th February 2015)..

Trevor Heath tells me that 119 has at long last been out on the road and there are two videos available and (21st January 2018)

As a development of the news about the Rio Turbio system in the two paragraphs that follow (7th September 2004), Locomotives International 71 carried a report - since confirmed by other correspondents - that the railway is considering reintroducing steam power owing to the soaring cost of diesel and the poor condition of their locomotives. The country is in a poor economic state and conventional alternatives like buying newer, more fuel efficient diesels is not an option. Shaun McMahon is reported to be working on the project which will see 116 (actually 107) and then 119 returned to service. Shaun has now sent me a news release detailed ambitious development plans for the Rio Turbio system (2nd November 2004), including a possible international link to Chile. Hugh Odom's site has additional news on developments (5th June 2005). Martyn Bane's site also contains an August 2006 press release (link dead by April 2015) which confirms that big things are afoot in the south of the country (added 25th August 2006).

Martyn Bane has visited the Rio Turbio system and an extensive report (1st February 2004) of his visit covering the remaining steam locomotives was posted on his own site (some of which now appears on, similarly a visit to the FCAF, (link dead by April 2015, 2nd February 2004). It seems that tourist steam may start to operate at Rio Turbio (11th March 2004). 

Bernd Seiler reports (23rd February 1999) "Steam on the Rio Gallegos system finished some time in 1997 following the arrival of diesels." Ian Thomson (18th October 1999) places it in November 1996 although steam was used with diesels for braking purposes into 1997. Yard shunting will have lasted rather longer and several enthusiast groups have since run steam charters on stretches of the line. Reports have appeared locally that steam may be introduced as part of a plan to develop the area for tourism. Click here for one such (Spanish language) report (3rd June 2000). Click here for more information (link added 2nd October 2000, but is dead by 1st November 2018).

The Train at the End of the World (FCAF)

This is a 500mm gauge (narrow gauge or miniature according to your point of view) running out of Ushuaia into a national park in the deep south of the country - it carries large numbers of tourists many of whom arrive in cruise liners. Check out the English language version of their website, some basic information is also available on this site. For an excellent video clip on the railway see (7th January 2009).  Jack Neville sent a report of a November 2014 visit (23rd December 2014)

Currently it has 3 steam locomotives on the roster:

  • "Camila" 2-6-2T (Winson Engineering ? / 1995)

  • "Ing. L. D. Porta" 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 Garratt (Tranex, Carupá, Argentina ? / 1994)

  • "Engineer Zubieta" 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 Garratt (Barries Engineering, Girdlestone & Associates, Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ? / 2006)

For some time Shaun McMahon was chief engineer here and as such was involved in ensuring that the steam locomotives were modified to reflect best 'modern' practice as far as was practical. Articles on this have appeared from time to time and are best accessed via the 'Modern Steam Index Page' on this site, although you can access some of the key ones directly as follows:

The Esquel Railway

The railway is under threat again as the provincial government announced a 'temporary closure' following a strike by railway workers ( link broken 5th April 2019). While the 'Old Patagoninan Express' is iconic, it has been the opposite of a cash cow for as long as anyone can remember and news like this is bound to deter individual and tour group visitors. However, a later Spanish language reports stated that the dispute had been settled and the railway would resume operation on 2nd February 2013 ( (1st February 2013).

James Waite was here in October 2014 and apart from some stunning pictures he has written about the history of the line and its steam locomotives (13th December 2014).

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Fabrice Lanoue spent a week in the country in April 2011, he has produced a two part illustrated report which includes an eye witness account of a spectacular derailment on the Esquel line (updated with a video link, 28th June 2011), click here for the second part (17th May 2011). Following the derailment, I understand that trains were suspended pending an enquiry, Richard Wallace tells me (31st July 2011) that the management had told him that they expected to be running trains again in August or maybe September 2011. Certainly it appears that operations have resumed in 2012 (see below and also Richard Wallace's November 2012 report, 17th December 2012) 

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La Trochita's own website is now and the timetable is here The latter has contact email addresses for operations at both ends of the line. Thanks to Hans Schaefer for tipping me off on this one (19th July 2012). David Thornhill points out that the UK's Railway Gazette reported an allocation of just over GBP 1 million to renovate the line, welcome, but realistically this is small beer for such a long line (18th October 2007).  There are some earlier reports available. (last entry 15th February 2005).

Getting up-to-date information on the Esquel operation has never been easy, but Chris Lewis has emailed me the current (early 2005) schedule. I have made this available as a PDF file (15th December 2004). Chris has now (15th December 2005) send me the 2006 timetable too. 

Other websites

Martin Coombs has his own site covering the 'Railways of the Far South' (2nd December 2002) including information on several present and former narrow gauge railways. Martin wrote a brief report of his December 2000 but pressure of work meant it was delayed (added 22nd February 2001). 

Older Trip Reports

Colin Churcher has sent me an account of his trip there in 1995. Manfred Schoeler sent me a report of his visit in August and September 1996 with two of his pictures. See also the TUT report (3rd Dec 1998) for details of then current activity.

Other Preservation Items

For a blog / website which must show the majority of preserved steam locomotives in the country, see Fabian Pesikonis's 'Vapor en Argentina' - (3rd November 2015). 

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Fabrice Lanoue spent a week in the country in April 2011, he has produced a two part illustrated report the first of which covers Esquel, the second part covers other locations (17th May 2011).

Robin Patrick has provided an illustrated report of the November 2008 RTC trip which included some of the locations above (9th December 2008), while Bill Longley-Cook somewhat later has provided a different perspective (16th August 2009). Neil Edwards was here with a tour group in August 2009 and reports on his brief visit to Posadas for the 'preserved locomotives' (23rd August 2009). Frank Ludwig reports on preserved steam at Posadas, Concepción del Uruguay and Tandil (28th April 2013).

Richard Wallace reported on a November 2012 RTC trip (17th December 2012).

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Marcelo Benoit (28th June 1999) has sent the a large number of pictures covering preserved locomotives in the country and I have added a second set of photos (10th May 2000). I have added more pictures of preserved locomotives (1st November 2001) which includes a preserved narrow gauge (Luttermöller to me but the owner says Klien Lindner) 0-10-0 shades of Java, Indonesia. Carlos Alberto 

I have since added a third page - picture left - covering some of the locomotives of the Ferroviario Club del Central Argentino ( in Perez, Santa Fe (updated 9th October 2012).

Barbados  Index 

The only railway in Barbados closed as long ago as 1937, but the St. Nicholas Abbey Sugar Mill has built a 1.5km 2'6" narrow gauge tourist line which is operated by a Jung Mallet which worked in Java, Indonesia and a Le Meuse 0-4-0T. Click here for more initial information (21st March 2018). The railway is now open and running their steam locomotive, see and (24th July 2019)

Clive Hepworth has visited the railway and has sent me an enthusiastic illustrated report (30th September 2021).

Bermuda Index 

Trevor Heath has sent me this link on the Bermuda Railway - - a wonderful look at the remains of another 'long forgotten railway' which includes the remains of an old Baldwin steam locomotive, it is not clear when this picture was taken (9th May 2008).

'Tapir Baby' has pointed out that Colin Churcher has uploaded an album from the Anthony W. Burges collection which contains 39 priceless images of, inter alia, the  Bermuda Railway - (8th March 2020). This includes some of the BR rolling stock which found its way to Guyana.

Bolivia Index 

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John Middleton was in Bolivia in 2008 and again in 2009 and has made a detailed report of his visit which includes many 'new discoveries' and seeks to correct reports elsewhere. Click here for the illustrated reports, Part 1 and Part 2 (pictures added to part 1, 11th November 2009). Many of the stored locomotives at Uyuni have now formed the nucleus of a new railway museum there (17th October 2016). Kevin Hoggett visited the country in October 2016 and reports on a fascinating range of steam era relics to be found (8th November 2016).

Click for full size image. Rod Peel has sent (via Chris Hodrien) this picture of a preserved 4-6-0 at Santa Cruz. It didn't take too long to work out that it was not represented on this site, but it did take a while for the experts to come up with the suggestion that it is "EFBB (EF Brazil – Bolivia) 4 which was the only 4-6-0 it was Alco-Cooke 1921 and Ex RU Cearense" - data from Walker & Binns “Railways of Bolivia” (4th May 2016)
Click for full size image. On the other hand, this 'preserved' locomotive at Sucre is known to be FCG 9, for more information, see John Middleton's 2009 report (4th May 2016).

Chris Lewis was in Bolivia in September 2004 (24th October 2004) and reports noting six steam locomotives in Guaqui on Lake Titicaca. Ian Thomson adds "The locomotives at Guaqui are, for the most part, as in "World of South Américan Steam", from some 30 years ago. The saddle tank is a Peckett. The main changes over the past decades have been: (i) Hunslet 2-8-0 No. 10 was sent to the stillborn Museo at Sucre (although where it is at right now I have no idea), I think bearing the makers' plates from No. 9; (ii) a couple of locomotives have been cut up, Nos. 4 and 6 if I remember correctly, but I'll have to check; (iii) No. 704 was sent to Guaqui from the Uyuni-Villazón line, initially to work tourist trains under an also stillborn arrangement with Wagon-Lits. No. 704, which was built by ALCO was operable until some seven years ago, at least, and I rented it a few times for tour groups. Also operable was No. 9. All the locomotives belong to residual ENFE. I included Nos. 9 and 704 in the list of rolling stock which should be declared national monuments. No. 704 is the only non F.C. de Guaqui machine at Guaqui. The 1939 diesel No. 1 is dumped at Viacha, or at least was when I was last there a few years ago."

Ian Thomson reports on his latest visit (11th November 2003): "In Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Nos. 544 and 796 have been placed in a shed specially constructed for them in the Ferrocarril Oriental workshop area. They are visible from the street. No. 544 is operable, and I am told regularly appears on a local TV ad. The Company seems to be investing quite heavily in refurbishing passenger equipment for tourist charters. All other dumped steam locomotives have disappeared, presumably for scrap, except the remains of an ex-FCAB Vulcan Foundry 4-8-2. I am told that the locomotives dumped at Roboré are still there. Roboré is shortly to become less inaccessible, since a highway is being built, parallel to the railway, between Santa Cruz and Puerto Suarez/Corumbá. Once opened, the Railway will withdraw regular passenger services." Marcelo Benoit questions this last statement (3rd August 2007),  "The railway has invested heavily to COMPETE with buses despite the opening of the road (I cannot call it a highway)." For recent pictures of the steam graveyard at Uyuni, see (thanks to Trevor Heath for this one, 5th March 2008, this site cannot be accessed from China)

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Torsten Schneider saw no live steam in October 2001 but some interesting relics including the famous graveyard at Uyuni (24th October 2001). CRJ 104 reported a return to steam at Santa Cruz in August 1995. Ian Thomson reports (14th May 1997) "The guy in charge of liquidating ENFE's assets, whom I have known personally for around 20 years, went to look at the Vulcans and the Hitachi in Cochabamba over the weekend. I am hopeful that at least two of the bunch can be saved and put back into working order, one of them in Chile. I have been invited by the Ferrocarril Oriental to work out a project for tourist trains, and hope to do so in the first week of June. Steam could be used on a part of the runs. No. 544 is no longer working but is being kept nice and clean in the depot at Santa Cruz, and I presume No. 796 must be available too, although I did not see it last time I was in Santa Cruz."

Ian Thomson adds (29th Nov 1997): "No. 544 took a train, which I arranged for Ffestiniog Travel with the Passenger Manager, from Warnes to Santa Cruz via Montero, on Saturday 22nd November. The locomotive was not in a very good condition. The trip took around seven hours instead of the intended four. Injectors of both kinds were mainly to blame. The train consisted in the ex-FCALP diner and sleeping cars, plus miscellaneous wagons. We nearly got in late enough to take advantage of the sleeper in nighttime mode."

See the TUT report (3rd Dec 1998) for details of the then current activity.

Brazil Index 


Brazil is a nightmare country to cover for the steam enthusiast. Apart from its shear size, 'Inventario das Locomotivas a Vapor no Brazil' by Regina Perez (9th December 2006) lists 419 extant steam locomotives. For more information on this book see I can't afford a copy but I am told it is well worth obtaining. However, the percentage of locomotives listed which are anything like operable is tiny and the smaller tourist operations come and go at an alarming rate.

I have spent a day using various sources to put together an outline guide to tourist railways in the country (21st October 2008, latest update Marcelo Lordeiro pictures of Bauru, added 17th October 2012 and information on ABPF Regional Sul de Minas page 24th October 2012) and would appeal to those who have recent experience of travelling independently here to let me have comments, reports and some pictures so it can become a useful ongoing resource. Tom Schultz spent 3 days in November 2009 on the tourist railways in São Paulo and Minas Gerais - read his illustrated report (17th December 2009), see also Cliff Schoff's report of his January 2011 visit (12th April 2011). When I culled broken links on this site those for Brazil were among the worst offenders. A good source for comprehensive tourist train timetable information is Samuel Raschdi's, thanks to Thomas Kautzor for this (15th April 2015). Tom Schultz made a further visit to tourist railways in São Paulo and Minas Gerais in December 2019. His report is available as a pdf (6Mb) (21st December 2019); it will be of particular interest to other potential visitors as it has practical advice and gives a great flavour of the lines and the areas they run through.

The Brazilian Magazine Revista Ferroviaria ( has an English language (part) mirror site from which some information on steam preservation may be found (thanks to Henry Posner III for this one, updated 21st October 2008).

Steam on the EFDTC

The metre gauge EFDTC has been long dieselised but in its day provided some spectacular steam activity. James Waite joined a tour group which sought to recreate the good old days (28th August 2013). At the same time James has written about the history of the line and also provided some evocative pictures from his own visit in 1977 (28th August 2013). Trevor Heath tells me (16th August 2016) that a series of steam specials using Alco 2-8-2 153 are planned to run on Saturdays between Tubarao, Laguna and Imbituba, click this link. The first on August 6th was cancelled owing to lack of customers, perhaps starting a new venture which clashed with the Olympics was not a great idea, in the event the train certainly ran on 20th August 2016 (4th September 2016).

Surviving Brazilian Steam Locomotives

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I know of no list on the web (and the book mentioned above is bound to have been out of date by the time it was published). Eddie Edmundson provided a long list of surviving steam locomotives in North East Brazil (29th January 2002) and a survey of steam locomotives spotted outside the North East of Brazil (originally uploaded 29th January 2002, Martin Murray added some later observations, 3rd April 2002).  Torsten Schneider updated (17th April 2002) his own summary of steam locomotives/sites in the country - he knows it is incomplete and we would both welcome help in filling in the gaps and adding other locations. Torsten's list includes a large number of web site links (many of which have since died) and valuable access details. (I agree with Torsten it would be difficult to combine his and Eddie's lists!).


Some of the better known large steam locomotives are covered in Dona Teresa Cristina Survivors (latest entry 10th April 2006). For me, the most charismatic locomotives of this railway were the 'Mallets' - actually they were not true examples as they were not compounds - and I was very pleased to hear that the restoration of 2-6-6-2 204 by the ABPF at Rio Negrinho had reached the stage where it has been steamed and moved under its own power as seen in the following YouTube clips, and (15th June 2012).

Sentinel Steam alive and other working steam

News from Bruno Sanches (21st November 2014) is that the Sentinel operation at Cruzeiro is no more, the tracks are ripped up and the locos in store. This is believed to have been the last real steam operation in the Americas. Later good news is that they have been secured for preservation by the local ABPF branch in Cruzeiro which has some mixed gauge track for occasional operation (18th August 2015).

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What must be the most remarkable story of 2002 was the survival of two active Sentinel locomotives at the Amsted-Maxion wagon works in Cruzeiro (SP province). An illustrated article (showing 166, 0-4-0 Sentinel, one of 8398-8400/1931) appeared in the Brazilian Magazine Revista Ferroviaria in July 2002. Although these have appeared in various preserved locomotive lists, it seems that, in the UK at least, no-one seemed to know that they were actually 'working steam' (4th September 2002). Thanks to Henry Posner III for initially tipping me off on this one. Bought in 1960, the two survivors work in turn (the remains of a third are derelict) normally within the 'raw material yard'. Prior arranged visitors are very welcome to observe them.... They were reported to be still at work in September 2008 (7th October 2008), Neil Smith saw one at work on the FarRail tour in August 2009 (23rd August 2009) and James Waite was here in August 2012 and also saw one of them in steam (2nd September 2012).

A report appeared in the UK Guardian newspaper on 6th March 1999, detailing the continued use of a 1927 Kerr Stuart at Usina Serra Grande at Sao Jose de Laje, some 250km south of Recife.  This is probably metre gauge 0-6-2T #4 (4193/1927), the system is reported to still have about 20km of track and bring in 20% of the harvest.  Unfortunately, I do not have a sufficiently good copy of the article to reproduce the photograph that went with it. The Dorrridge Travel group was here in late 1999 and I believe they saw active steam at work. 

Although (3rd June 2000) Sergio Matire told me about Tubarão (see below), Torsten Schneider said there is no longer active steam here (17th April 2002):
"By the way since Brazil needs a lot of electric power, the complex at Capivari near Tubarão is working at full power to burn coal to make steam and generate electric power. Since this happens all motive power of Ferrovia Tereza Cristina is working in this, but, yes always we have but - they need more locomotives and also someone remembered the steam locos, 405 and 410 which have returned to work in the line as shunting locos, but on steam how long this will work?? The statistics says that Brazil need electric power at least for one more year, imported from Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela... "

São João del-Rei

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This is perhaps the most famous museum operation in Brazil. Cliff Schoff travelled on the São João del-Rei preserved railway in October 1999 and sent me a report (27th December 1999). Cliff paid a return this to the railway in November 2001, you can read his report. (15th Jan 2002) or view the accompanying pictures (26th January 2002).

Other steam preservation items

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Things are stirring at Cajamar, where the very considerable remains of the 600mm gauge former Perús Pirapora Railroad are being sifted through by members of the IFPPC (Society for Preservation of Perús Pirapora Railroad) with a view to a partial restoration and operation. Locomotives are now being moved off site for restoration and one has been steamed (7th February 2011). Check out the Society's blog (new address, 2nd January 2013) - for regular updates, this site also has many pictures - (link broken by July 2020) (both added 25th January 2011). Sergio Martire reports that trains are running every Sunday between 10.00 and 17.00, click here for a location map. (4th November 2011). John Kirchner has supplied a nice set of pictures which well illustrate this "funky, fun place" (28th December 2011). James Waite was here in August 2012 and sent a brief report (9th January 2013). James has also supplied some historical background and a (provisional) locomotive list for the line, together with some archive pictures taken back in 1977 (9th January 2013). James Waite also reports on a little known British metre gauge survivor together with some old coaches (updated 18th May 2015).

For more information check out these sites which have then recent pictures (4th September 2009): - link dead by July 2020  - link dead by July 2020,136169,136169#msg-136169 

If this name means little to you then check out this YouTube clip -

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Thor Windbergs tells me (28th August 2016) "On 7th July 2016 all the EFPP equipment from the famous “Dead Line” in the Cajamar Mine was transported safely down south to Santa Cantaria by a group called “TREMTUR”. The negotiation has been ongoing for almost 10 years, remember the EFPP rolling stock is protected under Sao Paulo Rust heritage: 
They intend to restore all of the German locomotives as a tribute to their German Immigrant ancestors. As a first step they have now disassembled the Krauss and Hohenzollern locomotives and sent their boiler to a specialised company."

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The LCGB had a very successful visit to Brazil in February/March 2012, but unfortunately an on-line version of the report never appeared on the club's website. While much of what they saw has previously been well documented, this delightful 600mm gauge Kerr Stuart Wren (1194/12) was an unexpected addition to the itinerary. It is at the Army Construction Battalion's Depot at Lages and had recently been steamed up and down 100 metres of track on a run that is expected to be extended. Thanks to Ian Wright for the pictures (12th January 2013).

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500mm gauge in my books is about the minimum for a 'real' steam powered railway. Jung 0-4-2T (#1864) which has been stored for many years at the Barranco scrap yard in Curitiba  has been cosmetically restored and put on a plinth with some wagons in front of the building of the scrap yard reports Steen Larsen (11th August 2009), at the same time metre gauge 0-4-0Ts OK # 6589 and Maffei #3874 are both still present in semi-derelict condition. The Jung and Maffei came from Usina Leão Utinga (Near Rio Largo) in Alagoas according to Eddie Edmunson's report. The OK is an amazing geared loco - see See also Steen Larsen's 2007 pictures of the other two locomotives (12th August 2009).

Neil Edwards has sent pictures of two metre gauge preserved locomotives at Estacio Ferroviaria, Cruzeiro (23rd August 2009).

Steve Pratt joined a Brazilian Steam Safari in September 2008 and has provided a list of active and other steam locos seen (7th October 2008).

Jose Beraldo has sent me an update of current preservation news (but this was in 1999!) and for a while regularly sent me snippets about preserved steam. Sergio Matire later contributed to this series. Check it out. (latest picture 24th December 2008).  The major preservation site at Campinas has its own web site (link amended 31st December 2023).. 

Eddie Edmunson's report of a May 1998 visit to the city of Campos dos Goytacazes in the State of Rio de Janeiro and a live preserved metre gauge Baldwin has reached me rather late! (additional information, 23rd December 2003) and to this I have added picture of unidentified preserved 0-6-0ST and 0-4-0ST in Brazil (20th/28th December.1998). 


the Madeira-Mamoré Railway
a historic railway in the
Brazilian jungle... 

The line featured in a BBC
article in November 2011,
also a gallery of
mainly historical pictures.
(8th January 2011) 

Chile Index 

Older reports are now available as follows:

Robin Patrick has provided an illustrated report of the November 2008 RTC trip which included some of the locations below (9th December 2008), while Bill Longley-Cook somewhat later has provided a different perspective (16th August 2009). Richard Wallace's November 2012 report covers the wine train (suspended), and trips with 620 (Valdivia) and 820 (Temuco), (17th December 2012).

Colchagua Valley Wine Train

Click here for reports predating the inauguration (last entry 1st April 2004).

The Wine Train has finally gone into service, reports Ian Thomson (5th May 2004) it has its own (Spanish language) website (link added 8th November 2006 but dead by April 2015):

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"The Colchagua Valley Wine Train made its highly successful inaugural run on Wednesday 14th April. The five year gestation period has been criticized for being lengthy, but it is not easy getting together a project which involved rebuilding 55 kms of abandoned track, two abandoned stations and a 2-6-0 which was last steamed in 1982. The total investment cost came to something like USD 4 millions. Financial support was received from local municipalities, Chilean State Railways, the Association of local wine producers, Greenwich S.A., the Cardoen Foundation, the regional government, and others. Credit is due to all the directors of the Wine Train Corporation, and especially Mr. Carlos Cardoen, President, Messrs. Luis Ajenjo and Nicolás Flaño, present and previous Vice Presidents, respectively, (and present and previous Presidents of Chilean State Railways) as well as to Mr. Jorge Carrasco, Manager of the Project, and his colleagues, Messrs. Domingo Buscaglia and Carlos Vildósola, who coordinated the restoration of the locomotive and Mr. Alejandro Mancilla who helped likewise with the carriages.

President Ricardo Lagos joined the train halfway along its journey from San Fernando, 133 km south from Santiago on the main line, and Santa Cruz, an intermediate station but the one where the main festivities took place. He declared the Wine Train officially inaugurated at a well orchestrated ceremony held at Santa Cruz. Just about everything went right on the day. Two weeks before, on the trial run, the 1913 vintage Chilean built but North British designed 2-6-0 No. 607 had produced a lot of smoke but hardly enough steam to activate the whistle, but on the 14th it did everything asked of it. It was still coal burning which at the end of the summer caused concern that the sparks could set on fire the very vineyards that the Train is meant to promote. But, even though on the day, after a murky start, the sun shone through, there was overnight rain, which eliminated serious fire risk.

Services for the public commenced on Sunday 25th April, but for the first couple of months trains will be diesel hauled, whilst the 2-6-0 is converted to burning oil. Tickets are available at CLP 35 000 each, which includes, in addition to the ride on the Wine Train: train travel from and to Santiago; wine tasting; lunch at the Santa Cruz Plaza hotel; entry to the Colchagua Museum, also at Santa Cruz, and; local transport in Santa Cruz."

What actually happened to the oil burning conversion is unclear, but Colin Young saw 607 still as a coal burner in February 2008 (26th March 2008). In late July 2010, Ian Thomson reported "the Wine Train is currently suspended, as a result of the 27th February earthquake. The quake didn't do too much damage to the track, and none to the Train itself, but it put out of action the places the passengers visited in the destination Santa Cruz area, such as the Colchagua Museum, the Bisquett vineyard installations, the Plaza Hotel, etc.. The hope is to have the Train up and running again come September, but, as it has been loss-making, nothing is absolutely certain. The locomotive and carriages are being kept, under surveillance, in San Fernando." (Added 13th August 2010)

Temuco heritage locomotive depot

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There are signs of life in Temuco (see also below); in late 2006, there will be steam specials using Baldwin 4-8-2 820 on certain Sundays between Temuco and Victoria. For more information see in Spanish of course but readily comprehensible in your favourite web based translator. Thanks to Louis Cerny for this one (added 8th November 2006). On February 24th 2007, Robert Hedgecock had the pleasure of riding the Temuco railway museum's Temuco - Victoria excursion behind 4-8-2 # 820 ( Baldwin 1938). The trip went well until Victoria when while the engine was being turned for the return trip it suffered a boiler tube failure and the passengers where forced to return to Temuco by diesel railcar or bus. This being Chile I suspect it will be quite a long time before this engine is returned to service as funding for repairs will not likely be soon in coming. However there are several other Baldwin 4-8-2s in the Temuco museum which appear in quite good condition. Also noted on the trip derelict and heavily stripped in the yard at Pua were a pair of 2-6-0s these may be Borsig or North British engines. The station agent said they had originally been intended for a museum in the north of Chile. The next day the entire train returned to Temuco being pulled at very slow speed by French built diesel # 7147 the crew frequently stopping to oil bearing and rods (added 4th March 2007). Trevor Heath tells me that 820 was in action in December 2011 (18th December 2011), Mark Carter points out that the museum's site advertises regular steam excursions, Tren de la Araucania, which appear to have been relaunched in February 2010 (28th December 2011).

Roger Joanes reports (22nd March 2002):
Temuco: There are fourteen steam locos stored in the former roundhouse here, (and one more at the passenger station). The roundhouse, which also features a steam crane and the skeletons of a few carriages, has previously been open to the public as a museum. Although the museum is now closed, on the day we visited the security guard was friendly and access was no problem.
Valdivia - Antilhué: A steam excursion has run on this freight-only line every Saturday and Sunday during the summer holiday month of February. Departure from Valdivia was at 15.00, returning from Antilhué at about 17.00. The loco is a 2-6-0 dating from around 1913, Chilean-built to a British design. It carries the number 620 (screwed on at the front but the cabside plates were attached with velcro!). The loco ran chimney-first both ways, turning on the loop at Antilhué. Carriages by Linke-Hofmann dated from the 1920’s or 30’s. It is planned to run this trip every Saturday & Sunday during January, February, and early March 2003. Further information on website (link dead by 12th April 2018) and open the section Viajes Turístocos. Visiting shipping enthusiasts may also wish to sample the SS Collico, an excursion river steamer, while in Valdivia.
Puerto Montt: By the bus station are two plinthed 2-6-0’s, one no. 606, the other carries no identification.
Castro (Chiloe island): 0-6-0T no. 5057 from the island’s narrow gauge railway (closed 1960) is plinthed at the site of Castro station.


Following quite a few years best described as mothballed Ferronor's 2-8-2 3511 was reported in steam for an art and food festival at Baquedano on 29th July 2009 according to a local newspaper article (11th August 2009).

Santiago Railway Museum

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David Pendlebury tell me that he and Chris Cairns have produced a very welcome pictorial guide to the Santiago railway museum -
following their visit in November 2006 (24th January 2007). There are more than 30 pictures together with a map and other information on the museum.

Colombia Index 

Books on South American railways are fairly thin on the ground. Now, Stephen Cossey and Bob Whetham have published 'Colombian Railways Past and Present' (Past = 1960s) which neatly complements Christopher Walker's historical 'Narrow Gauge in Colombia' (Trackside Publications, out of print and available second hand only from Amazon, AbeBooks etc). (4th June 2019)

Older reports are now available as follows:

Bogota Steam Specials

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The Savanna tourist steam train ("Tren Turistico de la Sabana" (TURISTREN)) has regularly run out of Bogota since 1993 at weekends and on selected weekdays on charter, the company's website is Company representative Eduardo Rodriguez  first contacted me in June 2001 and supplied information on the stock and operation and also some pictures of the locomotives at work (19th September 2001). For an interesting photogallery of the system see (added 4th September 2009). James Waite was here in December 2011, his lavishly illustrated report describes this impressive operation  (updated 19th December 2011). The tourist trains continue reports Mark Enderby (more pictures, 12th October 2015) who was on a tour with special extras. I have since appended some brief notes from Clive Hepworth who was here in February 2016 (21st February 2016).

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Steve Cossey tells me (30th November 2011): "I purchased a derelict 1921 Baldwin 2-6-0 in Bogota, Colombia and am having it restored to running order in the workshops at Estacion de la Sabana in Bogota. I hope to have it running again in the original Ferrocarril del Norte livery in March 2012, at which time it will be the oldest operational steam locomotive in Colombia. I have set up a blog site to follow the restoration at - this link was not working 26th April 2014" A picture of the locomotive under restoration appears in James Waite's report of his visit in December 2011 (16th December 2011). The locomotive ran its first charter train from Bogota to Zipaquira and back on 23rd May 2014 and ran another trip on 11th July 2014. Thanks to Tim Malcolm for this one and the photograph (2nd June 2014).

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Ray Schofield tells me he helped run a visit here for PTG. This is a journey to Usaquen in the north of congested Bogota on 21st September 2017 behind this diminutive Baldwin 2-6-0, owned by Steve Cossey, who was assisting us with the tour. Here below, we wait for an up commuter train to pass and in the backdrop can be seen Downtown and Monseratte.

Click for full size image. A year ago I posted this "I understand that 4-8-0 76 (Baldwin 73095/1947) has been sold to the Ferrocarril del Pacifico in Cali for use on a tourist train almost certainly a Sunday excursion to Buga (6th March 2017)." However, on 22nd September 2017, the locomotive took the party on from Usaquen to the tourist magnet of Zipaquira with its underground salt cathedral and colonial squares. The next day it continued north where it is seen after Suesca. (both items, 20th January 2018). The report about 76 being sold was incorrect reports Kevin Hoggett whose much delayed report of an October 2017 visit I have now uploaded (15th August 2020).

Not much mentioned on the web is 4-8-0 70 which is preserved at La Dorada (17th May 2012), similarly there is another locomotive  at Chiquinquirá (originally to be Baldwin 2-8-2 62, but HK Porter 125 is here), Boyaca (17th May 2012). There are many plinthed locomotives in the country, I have a long, long list but it needs more work than I have time to put to it (21st February 2016).

FC de Antioquia Survivor

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Of all the steam survivors in the country, perhaps the most remarkable one is the 0-4-0 (Baldwin 27133/1905), FC de Antioquia 13 which is preserved in a theme park, Hacienda Napoles in Doradal, Medellin, photographs by Juan Camilo Lozano (3rd November 2018). This hacienda was once the property of the notorious drug baron, Pablo Escobar Gaviria. Thomas Kautzor tells me it came there from a private owner in Santa Fe de Antioquia. A builder's photograph of a similar locomotive (FCA 27, 39353/1913) appears on page 33 of Chris Walker's 'Narrow Gauge in Colombia', Trackside Publications 2005, ISBN 1.90009523.8.

Costa Rica Index  

Don't get excited, I know of no live steam here but several visitors have commented on the current situation in the country which includes a tourist train and occasional freight operation. Click here for more information (latest entry 7th November 2005). James Waite was here in April 2012 and has supplied details and photographs of all known (7) extant steam locomotives (24th April 2012). Bill Read has provided a brief update which I have appended to James' report (22nd March 2016).

Cuba Index 

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Until 2002, there was 'real' great American style shortline steam operation during the annual Zafra (roughly December to April with a peak in February/March). By 2004 it was 98% plastic, I believe 2005 was 99% plastic, there was, if anything even less in 2006 according to the various reports received (updated, 17th March 2006). Real steam during the 2007 was almost non-existent, with just one working steam locomotive (and possibly one or more unreported firelesses) - see the Zafra 2007 report (updated 30th May 2007). How RTC can square that with "there are many steam locomotives, all over eighty years old, twenty of which are in daily use during the Cuban sugar cane harvest 'Zafra'" beats me. There were barely 10 real steam locomotives that turned a wheel at all in 2005, it was certainly wasn't true in 2006 and it was even less true in 2007. Of course, if you count steam on the tourist trains you might get a bit nearer the mark. All the previous reports which chart the demise of one of the last great steam experiences in the world have now been transferred to a separate page.

Roland Beier informs me (3rd August 2012) that during the summer holidays in July and August there is now a steam train for Cubans every Saturday from Moron to Ciegeo de Avila and back. The price of 30 Cuban pesos (national money, = 1 GBP) covers the return trip plus a meal and a drink at the recreation park at Ciego de Avila. The loco is 1757 which is kept at Patria mill for the tourist steam excursions. Trains depart at 08:00 from Moron and at 16:00 from Ciego. Of course, it is not "real" steam but at least it is a train dedicated to locals and not to foreign tourists. The reported link was dead by 26th April 2014.)

David Greenfield has provided a list of ex-Minaz steam locomotives at three sites in Central Havana (updated 3rd December 2015 with many relocated), there is just one which has not yet been positively identified to my knowledge. To which I have appended an explanation of what is supposed to be going on there (3rd May 2009). Trevor Heath sent a photo report showing restoration in progress (4th December 2009). Clive Fletcher-Wood has sent me some pictures (27th February 2011) which shows that the restoration of 1138 has been completed (left below), 1707 is now present (centre below) and that 1163 is still at the Aguada service station although why it carries '457' instead of '4' as it did before is beyond me. Ray Gardiner was in Cuba in February 2011 and reports on restored steam next to the harbour in Havana (updated 27th December 2011).

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'Cruising Pam' has uploaded a vast array of pictures of locos in store and under restoration in Central Havana from a February 2014 visit - click here to view - you will need to use the list linked above to make sense of it! (11th March 2014) 

Keith Smith paid a tourist visit to José Smith Comas Mill near Varadero which is now officially a 'sugar museum' in November 2010 (two more pictures, 5th January 2011, Ken Livermore's locomotive list 3rd December 2015). At Trinidad, Marc Enderby found 1590 formerly at Bartolome Maso on the tourist train (21st May 2011). The number of serviceable locos used for tourist purposes is quite considerable, the following were seen in steam in March 2011 on a PTG tour and are shown on the Railway Herald website (30th December 2011):

The former Marcelo Salado Mill is now host to 'Caibarién Museo Agroindustria Azucerra'.

Clive Hepworth visited a number of steam tourist sites in late 2012 and has sent an illustrated report of what he found (updated 22nd January 2013).

If you want a quick fix of an excellent photographic display of what you may have missed - check out David Longman's Cuba Gallery (28th June 2007). Similarly, my own Those were the days - Zafra Narrow Gauge Steam..., my gallery of Cuban pictures taken between 1996 and 2001 (6th April 2010).

Minaz placed 55 redundant steam locomotives on sale back in 2004. I am not sure how many were ever sold, they didn't include many 'gems' and I believe the price asked did not reflect the poor condition of most of them. I was later told (30th March 2010) that the sale has been 'pulled' and that the locomotives are to stay on the island pending restoration - some have already been moved to preservation sites and given a paint job. For the record you can read the original list (4th September 2004).

And then there was one... By 2008, there was very little left as a memory of the good old days will be the growing museum at Christina Station in Havana and tourist operations at Trinidad and a number of (closed) mills. Yoshi Matsuo tells me that a visit to Manalich mill found the line to the shed overgrown and no sign of 1402 with a Hector Molina reportedly going directly to the loading point (3rd March 2008). Meanwhile ex- Hermanos Ameijeilas 1431 was serviceable at Parque Lenin, normally on Saturdays and Sundays only. Tim Murray adds (17th March 2008): "The 2 standard gauge Manalich locos still in shed but not used this season. Likely to go to museum. They have a diesel (34064) that now goes to the LP. The Trinidad tourist train loco is laid up until at least the end of April. The PTG group had steam at Bartholomew Masa mill. The loco still does patio work on a regular basis and the staff claimed that it would work next season. The 2-8-0 from Venezuela has gone to Patrio o Morte and is working the tourist train. Ciro Redondo has two 2-8-0s in shed 'under repair' including 1829. Three of the other 2-8-0s are dumped at the back of the mill." Alan Pearce and Alan Murray-Rust visited the Havana area and recorded some old friends, some of which stagger on like the Hershey and others which have literally been put out to grass (18th April 2008). A later report (2nd June 2008) suggested that 1402 at Manalich worked early in the season pending diesel repairs, 1204 was active at Prieto near the airport and 1728 at J.M. Perez both on occasions, with the Brasil firelesses more reliable performers.

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There have been some tours which have run Minaz steam locomotives on the main line, to say that the results have been mixed would be the politest way of putting it judging from the informal reports I have had. Does all this herald the death of communism in Cuba?

For those with a wider (historical) interest, Wayne Weiss recommends an excellent site on Cuba tramways (22nd May 2003), similarly check out a Central Santa Lucia site (Rafael Freyre Mill) - updated 3rd October 2001.

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Dominican Republic Index 

No live steam, of course, but several preserved locomotives and three very interesting classic diesel powered sugar railroads all of different gauges Thomas Kautzor reports.(1st September 2014)

Ecuador Index 

The Guayaquil and Quito Railroad is potentially one of the most splendid train journeys in the world. The days when it could be covered in its entirety by public train are long gone, but as conditions allow trains operate for visiting tour groups on. For example, the RTC group in October 2007 as reported by Steve Pratt (30th November 2007) "We tried to cover as much of the G&Q as possible. Steam: Duran-Yaguachi-Duran (Baldwin No.11); Railcar: Bucay-Huigra-Alausi; Steam: Alausi-Devil's Nose-Palmira-Riobambe (Baldwin No.17); Steam: Riobambe-Urbina-Riobambe (Baldwin No. 53); Railcar: Boliche-Tambillo. Some of the track is in very poor condition, but the tourist railbuses are still running regularly. Next year (2008) is the centenary of the line reaching Quito, so there could be some celebrations, though the practicality of running through the city into the centre of Quito look remote." Trains Unlimited Tours - which has subsequently entered bankruptcy - claimed (12th August 2008) that rebuilding will be almost complete by mid-2009 and that a significant number of steam locomotives will be operable by then, but that has not happened.

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However, by mid-April 2009, even the railway had admitted that the repair programme was too optimistic and all the three tours I knew planned had been cancelled, at least for 2009. Read more (updated 18th April 2009). This includes Stephen Lacey's first hand report and recent pictures of what are thought to be all extant G&Q steam locomotives. The next report from Ecuador from Dr. Michael Grimes starts "The news from Ecuador for 2010 is not good." - read it in full (1st June 2010), I have then added a rather more optimistic assessment from September 2010 (14th September 2010), but there was still a long haul left before trains could run throughout. A long period of silence ensued before the very welcome news that the railway is in sight of complete rebuilding (updated again with the first train running part way 6th January 2013). It will be some 10 years since the first public plans to restore it to good order were announced. Another update from Dale Brown appeared on the Railway Preservation News website which indicates that steam will not return until late 2013 at the earliest (6th June 2012).

The UK's Guardian newspaper has a photo feature on the new line - I suspect this may appear elsewhere too as they are official pictures (20th March 2013). Now the spotlight is turning to the steam locomotive fleet, 53 is back in action, read about it (6th April 2013), page includes a link to an 8 minute YouTube clip. There will even be regular scheduled (tourist) steam from 4th June 2013 (6th April 2013), the through tourist train has now been launched (3rd July 2013). Gerald Peacock points out that the railway now has a 'bells and whistles' of a website (31st October 2013, link found broken on 27th October 2017) - unfortunately by October 2014 it was stripped of any news items. Apparently #14 is the next in line for restoration and work has now started on what will be a major rebuild - there is a YouTube video uploaded on 31st October 2013 - - of it being loaded on to a road truck to be taken to Duran (13th January 2014). See also for more news on the steam fleet (13th January 2014). Dale Brown's latest update (23rd May 2014) has both #11 and #53 in regular 'main line' action.

Gerald Peacock tells me (16th January 2015) that 18 has been returned to operation on the San Lorenzo Railway north of Quito between Ibarra and Otavalo. There is even a suggestion of the web that it may have been used on regular services ( but I think this was wishful thinking. Videos of the inaugural train are available - and (you can stop watching the second one after 40 seconds). Gerald writes further (16th May 2015) "Hi Rob, lots of action in Ecuador, see one recent video of no14 running, I never thought this would happen. So now we have 5 locos operational 11, 14, 18, 53 and 58. However the atmosphere of the old railway is gone, but you can't have everything." Marc Enderby joined a 2015 tour which featured, in part, 14, 53 and 58 (12th October 2015), there was a similar American tour a little earlier. Kevin Hoggett was here in October 2017 and I have now uploaded his much delayed report (15th August 2020). 

By May 2020, a combination of inadequate maintenance and natural disasters meant that not much more than a third of the system was operational, remaining trains were stopped and the railway declared bankrupt, see this report. (16th August 2020).

One attraction which came as a surprise to me is the near complete survival of the G&Q steam works at Guayaquil - take a look at this video, absolutely fascinating (25th August 2012), alas it has now been taken down. Never mind, as a bonus, don't miss this old 1983 BBC programme on the line (13th January 2014).

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Other information on railways in Ecuador

  • Ivor Kelly advises that there is a book on the historical side of the Ecuador Railway "The Redemptive Work - railway and nation in Ecuador 1895-1930" by A. Kim Clark, ISBN 0-8420-2674-6" 

El Salvador Index 

3ft gauge steam survived here on charter operations. You can read a report of the TUT visit in January 2002 (27th March 2002). For a superb album of real steam from 1968 check out John West's site (29th September 2017).

Thomas Kautzor has pointed me at an interesting set of photographs taken here in February 2011 (28th February 2011) but the link is now dead. Among lots of diesels, this shows Baldwin 8 preserved and steam derelicts at Sonsonate, and most interestingly 12 and 101 inside the roundhouse at San Salvador - these are said to be 'serviceable'. These two locomotives were used in 2002 on the TUT tour, referred to above. The line from San Salvador to Apopa is currently the only operational route in the country with a limited passenger service, there being no freight.

James Waite was here in April 2012 and was treated to royal hospitality. Read about what he found (more loco information 10th May 2012), Thomas Kautzor has provided an update including the establishment of a museum (6th November 2015). Thomas also advises that there is a small preserved saddle tank at the port of Acajutla (18km from Sonsonate) - see (12th October 2016). See my railway museums pages for more information (22nd January 2018)

French Guyana Index  

Chris Hodrien has pointed out to me that this site has a picture of a derelict 0-4-0T at Tigre. More information would be appreciated (7th December 2007). James Waite subsequently pointed out that there is a second locomotive below outside the Guyana Space Centre.

Guadeloupe Index

Thomas Kautzor visited the islands in October 2013 and has written a full report of known surviving railways and artefacts on the island which include two steam locomotives (updated 8th February  2014). This is completely revised version and replaces the previous report. The update consists of some historical pictures of the system at Beauport quite soon after closure. A further August 2014 update is available (28th August 2014).

Guatemala Index 

For a superb album of real (and charter) steam from 1968 check out John West's site (29th September 2017).

With the railway between Guatemala City and the Caribbean coast effectively defunct, James Waite's visit in April 2012 necessarily concentrated on preserved (and surviving) steam including industrial items - read his illustrated report (more loco information 10th May 2012). Thomas Kautzor made some industrial visits in 2019 and recorded several steam locomotives including a Shay, read his report (26th October 2019).

RDC announced suspension of operations in Guatemala (3rd August 2007) citing the government's failure to honour its contract with the company and the failure of its legal system to enforce it. The dispute went to the Central America Free Trade Agreement (Cafta) for arbitration. Whatever happened there, it was bound to be bad news for the railway, its steam locomotives and especially the people on it who worked very hard to restore and operate it in the last few years. And, in turn, it is bound to have a knock-on effect on any attempts to revitalise other railways in the region. Click here for three articles from US newspapers which include the background to the case. I have now added (26th September 2009) more links to this page, updating the sorry story but basically it looks like the end of the road for railways in this part of the country. RDC has now won its CAFTA case (17th July 2012) - - collecting the significant compensation may take as long as the court case. I was pessimistic, it took less than 18 months - see (6th December 2013). What will happen to the residual operational steam stock left behind is unclear. I guess some private US railroads will be after them.

For some time, RDC ( operated the 3ft gauge Ferrovias Guatemala (the private company which restored Fegua, Ferrocarriles de Guatemala, to partial operation after its 1996 abandonment) and maintained two steam locomotives in operable condition for special trains for its business customers or tourists. Their operation is described in the links below.

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The first picture shows 204 doing a bit of real work while on test before the 2004 event and the second why it was such an attractive operation.


Haiti  Index

Click for full size image. Thomas Kautzor has been to Haiti to seek out what little is left of its railway heritage, including one preserved steam locomotive - read his report (24th May 2014). Should you, like me, be unfamiliar with its railway history, Thomas has also provided some background.

Honduras Index

Click for full size image. Thomas Kautzor has sent information on the current railway scene in Honduras which includes details of know preserved steam locomotives (23rd May 2012).

Jamaica Index 

Click for full size image. In June 2014 Thomas Kautzor visited the island where operational public railways are sadly probably history. His illustrated report covers some of the remaining infrastructure as well as CLC built 54, the last steam locomotive on the island (26th June 2014).

Martinique Index 

Click for full size image. Thomas Kautzor visited the island in October 2013 and has written a full report of known surviving railways and artifacts on the island which include three steam locomotives (17th November  2013). This is a completely revised version and replaces the previous report. An August 2014 update is available (28th August 2014).

Mexico Index 

For a superb album of real steam from 1968 check out John West's site (29th September 2017).

Trevor Heath pointed me at a January 2009 report on which stated that the 3 truck Shay owned by Compania Maderera de Durango is active and used to switch cars brought by LFCD into their private spur. They also have a Heisler. I asked for a first hand report, now Trevor has supplied one himself, the locomotive is defunct..

Thomas Kautzor spent nearly two weeks in Mexico in November 2012, he saw a lot of (inactive) preserved steam locomotives on both narrow and standard gauges (13th December 2012, updated 9th October 2018).

See also my narrow gauge pages for information on tourist steam.

Nicaragua Index 

The Fahr Plan Center (corrected 30th July 2011) has a series of pages on the railways of Nicaragua, including FC Muelle de Corinto 0-4-4T No. 1 plinthed in front of the former Puerto Corinto station, now a museum.

:A 4-6-0, FC del Pacifico #21, preserved at the old station in Granada - (Link broken by May 2023) and

There is a third steam loco on the outskirts of Chichigalpa, on display on the former trackbed of the railway to Ingenio San Antonio, their former No. 5 (added 30th July 2011, thanks to Thomas Kautzor for this one).

The Selva Negra coffee museum at Matagalpa maybe has an "interesting steam locomotive which was used in the early 1900s to transport coffee from Matagalpa to the ports. ...", it was said to railless so presumably was some kind of traction engine...

Panama Index 

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No active steam, but a long submerged steam loco and train have been recovered from a storage reservoir for the Panama Canal (23rd May 2000), with the prospect of more to come.... Mike Clendining has now provided some pictures of the restored engine and the current railway situation in the country (16th May 2007).

Glyn Dawson was here in March/April 2009 and reports on two further survivors in the remote Darien region (23rd April 2009).

Paraguay Index 

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This was possibly the only all steam state railway left in the world, although in its final days it was very much a rump operation with the main line severed. Interest centred on three features, click on individual links below or here for Neil Edwards comprehensive report from August 2009 (23rd August 2009). Subsequently, Asunción resident Renaud Olgiati reported (14th January 2011) - “At the Asunción end, no traffic at all, as the abutment of a bridge 3 km out of town has collapsed, the tourist service to Aregua is stopped until further notice. At the Encarnación end, I believe that all traffic has now stopped, as the rising waters of Yacyreta dam have flooded a section of the track on the Argentine side.” Thanks to Trevor Heath for this one.

Renaud Olgiati reports (10th February 2012) that the works at Sapucay are now rightly considered a tourist attraction and are in part open to the public. Realistic plans exist to re-open the whole railway - read his report. He also reports (27th May 2012) that "the management of Azucarera Paraguaya at Tebicuary have plans to turn what remains of their steam rolling stock en engines, both SG and MG, into a railway museum in the grounds of the Azucarera". Neil Edwards was here in August 2009 and you can read about what was left then. A widely syndicated article by Associated Press has appeared (search for this phrase "Paraguay breathes new life to its steam train") which records that short steam hauled journeys are being offered from Sapucay, although the picture captions say Asunción!  (18th October 2012). Renaud Olgiati has provided an update which show that steam was almost certainly working at Encarnación earlier in 2012 although it may well have now ceased. Additionally the steam tourist service has been halted yet again, but hopefully a new service will run again from Luque in the not too distant future (22nd October 2012).

Frank Ludwig was in Encarnación in March 2013 and confirms that steam is still in use, but very occasionally - you'll need to be lucky or very patient to see it (updated 30th April 2013).

The magazine Latin Tracks produced a nostalgic article on the closure of the 'working' railway at the end of November 2010 - it is available for download (8th November 2011, since when the link has gone dead). The North British Locomotive Preservation Group is investigating the possibility of repatriating one of the redundant NBL locos (8th November 2011).

  • Encarnación - shunting traffic for the link with Argentina (latest report 28th April 2013), now very occasional and probably finished

  • Sapucay - the original workshop which ought to be a world heritage site with its ancient machinery and another potential tourist operation (latest report see above)

  • Asunción - which has had a regular tourist train on occasions (last reported suspended see above). The former station is now a museum - (added 10th April 2018). The online magazine Tren Rodante (, edition 258) reports that Paraguay Railways  60, 2-6-0 (North British Locomotive Works 19143 / 1911) formerly at Encarnación has been restored to service for the Sunday tourist train. However, before it could begin operation the pandemic caused a postponement (1st July 2020, thanks to Tom Schultz for this).

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    This is Steve's Cossey's December 2015 picture 54 at Botanico (then out of use although it was serviceable in 2009). There are more pictures available from his visit (14th August 2020).

    The new service is slated to run 17km from Aregua to Ypacarai although the article implies it could be extended back towards Asunción if successful (3rd July 2020).

Click on the links below for more information:

  • Earlier reports (last entry 22nd March 1999)

  • Latin Tracks report on the revival of the residual railway (27th July 2004) 

  • (Bad) news about the Puerto Casado railway (latest entry 8th August 2017)

  • Steam Trains in Paraguay - some background information and pictures (9th March 2009)

  • A gallery of pictures from August 2007 (link dead by 25th October 2016) by Tom Gears - alas with no captions (9th March 2009)

The Ferrocarril del Norte was a metre gauge railway than ran from Concepción to Horquetá, one of its locos later worked at a bean mill (0-6-0T OK 3609/1909) and is now preserved in the main street, along with two steam cranes and a steam roller (11th September 2013).

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This is Ian Thomson's picture of a small mishap.

Peru Index 

Historically there have been a fair few rusty hulks around the country, several of which have been the subject of speculation about renovation to operating condition and one or two have actually made it. However, it seems that realistic steam operation is centred on:

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Andes class 2-8-0 206 is "now stored out of service on a siding in the open at San Bartolome, Peru. It is in the middle of a string of stored and wrecked diesel locomotives. The loco has been stored here without any security. It is obvious that FCCA is not interested in steam excursion at this time. However leaving the loco in such a spot may lead to scrap thieves taking any highly valuable parts. Also several wooden coaches are now on display in Pueblo Libre, Jesus Maria and Barranco from the former Central Peru line." reports Dale Brown (9th April 2014).

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One locomotive in Peru which is not going anywhere is preserved in remote Iquitos, a relic of the town's 600mm tramway which closed many years ago. See and (Link dead by May 2023) for more information. Chris Walker tells me it's Decauville 445/1906 (17th March 2009).

An interesting website is which has many historical items (5th June 2011). A relatively recent entry,, records that a narrow gauge Couillet 0-4-0T has been restored.

As I am definitely not an expert on steam in this part of the world, I have tried my best to extract information from the various reports to get a clearer picture, but mistakes there will be! Click below for other reports and general information:

Dale Brown who lives part time in Lima reports on the then current scene (2nd September 2000).

Puerto Rico Index

Thomas Kautzor (8th September 2009) has told me about a new website by Roger Aponte dedicated to the railways of Puerto Rico,
(link amended for new site, still under construction, 1st June 2012). There is a list of railways here Courtesy of Roger and Dave Deyo, I have uploaded a page of information about surviving steam locomotives (7th June 2012).

Roger (10th March 2014) now advises me of this set of pictures -, he is also adding further information here

South Georgia Index

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A short article in Locomotives International included the statement that there was probably at least one surviving stationary steam engine and steam locomotive at the former whaling station of Ocean Harbour. An internet search found pictures of a single cylinder horizontal engine and a steam winch taken in the 1990s - Robert Burton of the South Georgia Association has provided a succinct summary of the situation including a picture of a steam locomotive (14th October 2007) - I have yet to see a positive identification 

Surinam Index

 'Tapir Baby' has pointed out that Colin Churcher has uploaded an album from the Anthony W. Burges collection which contains 39 priceless images of, inter alia, the Suriname Landspoorweg - (8th March 2020).

As an epilogue to what appears below, read Thomas Kautzor's on the spot report from a September 2014 visit (11th November 2014).

Ton Mulder has sent me some pictures of dumped steam locomotives in this former Dutch colony. I have now posted these and added some background information supplied by Chris Walker (more information 1st May 2000, roster corrected 2nd April 2013, updated 28th November 2013). Ton now reports (16th May 2001) that a Dutch business has signed a letter of intent with the Surinam Government to reactivate up to 90km of the line.

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Well, that was the theory. In practice, Hans Scherpenhuizen tells me he visited Onverwacht on 26 January 2005 (report added 21st March 2005). The situation was more or less the same as depicted in 2000. No restoration had taken place. The station canopy had collapsed, which means the rolling stock was left in the open to disintegrate. One engine seems to have moved to a plinth at the adjacent road to the station: the 0-4-0 tank engine must be 'Dam'. Here are two of the pictures he sent, the second locomotive is Breda built 'Para'.

Thomas Kautzor in a brief report states "All that's left of the Landspoorwegen is PARA, the Breda 0-6-0T skirt tank, on display together with two coaches at Onverwacht, plus the plinthed German 0-4-0T across the road and the remains of one of the smaller 0-4-0Ts from the closed sugar mill at Marienberg outside Fort Nieuw Amsterdam. Everything else, including the Borsig tram locos and the line itself was scrapped 3-4 years ago." (25th September 2014) 

Uruguay Index

Active steam in Uruguay is mainly provided by the locomotives of these three organisations:

This page naturally concentrates on 'live' steam as opposed to 'preserved/conserved/stored' steam. I added photographs of surviving steam locomotives in Uruguay courtesy of regular correspondent Marcelo Benoit (updated 9th May 2006), you can contact Marcelo on  Try which links to all Uruguayan railway pages. Tabaré Bordach of  CEFU had previously provided information on other remaining narrow gauge steam locomotives (updated 3rd August 2007) 

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A word of explanation about the two preserved Uruguayan N class 2-6-0s. For some years (1991 to 2005) CEFU's 119 masqueraded as 120. Now the real 120 has been restored by AUAR it has been given its true number back, but in some images on this site it will obviously carry '120'. Simple? As a result, I have tried to describe her as 119 (120), but is possible that some references have escaped my attention.

On the left is the real 120 recently restored, in steam on 28th April 2007, an absolute charmer at a mere 97 years old (picture by Marcelo Benoit added 3rd August 2007).

As part of my streamlining of this page to make it more manageable, I have set up 4 separate pages to cover the more recent news of the four most significant preserved steam locomotives. Note that sometimes more than one of them operates on any particular occasion and some duplication of text (but not pictures) may occur in these pages.

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Earlier reports of steam in Uruguay between 1999 and 2003 are covered in a separate page.

Marcelo Benoit has provided a pictorial record of steam activities in Uruguay in 2007/8 (6th March 2009).

Marcelo Benoit reports that 2005's Heritage Day celebrations on September 24th and 25th (added 22nd October 2005) included AUAR's steam crane exhibited by ANP on Montevideo Port dockside.


Little has been heard from Uruguay for some time so I was very happy to receive a report of Fabrice Lanoue's brief stopover in the country (17th May 2011). Following this, Marcelo Benoit has sent me a summary of steam activity covering 2009, 2010 and the early part of 2011, basically N120 has been the backbone of the steam programme, sadly CEFU 3 has still not worked for a while, click the link for the full illustrated report (9th June 2011). CEFU's 119 has now steamed, see a short video of a test run in April 2011 - (9th July 2011).

After another long break, Marcelo has sent further pictures from 2011 - 12 including some other static preserved items (updated 2nd May 2013)


Jack Neville rode a charter for a cruise liner hauled by AUAR 120, read his report (2nd December 2014). Steve Cossey was able to join an excursion to Florida on 7th November 2014 and the next day CEFU's Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST ANP No 3 was in steam inside Penarol (15th December 2014).

Venezuela Index

For information about surviving steam see Steen Larsen's report on the Caracas Railway Museum with Glen Beadon's comments and corrections (18th September 2014, further minor correction, 4th October 2014).

Railway Cranes (Steam and Hand) Index

The links on this page have been amended to reflect the addition of dedicated steam crane pages on this website. John A. Taubeneck has sent me his list of surviving railway steam cranes of South and Central America (updated 27th February 2022). I don't normally cover North America on these pages, but I am prepared to make an exception for such an esoteric subject and have now added John's list of surviving railway steam cranes of North America (updated 18th November 2022).

Rob Dickinson