Monday, 30 April 2012
Southern Fuegian Railway,Ushuaia, Argentina
The Southern Fuegian Railway or the Train of the End of the World is a 500 mm narrow gauge steam railway in Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina. It was originally built as a freight line to serve the prison of Ushuaia, specifically to transport timber. It now operates as a heritage railway into the Tierra del Fuego National Park and is considered the southernmost functioning railway in the world.
The railway commenced operations in 1902. In 1949 Tierra del Fuego earthquake blocked much of the line resulting in the service not being viable and closed in 1952. In 1994 the railway was refurbished and began services again.
Services leave from the 'End of the World' station 8 km west of Ushuaia. The route takes passengers along the Pico Valley in the Toro gorge and to Cascada de la Macarena station where visitors are able to learn about the Yamana people and climb to a viewpoint at a 15-minute stop. The train then enters the national park and the forest, travelling through the valley below the mountains, reaching El Parque station.