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The Roots of Ferronor
By Ian Thomson

RURAL BRANCHES

In the South, EFE operated a number of branches providing transportation services to rural towns, but these were very few in numbers in the Northern Network, and non-existent north of Pueblo Hundido; this due to the low population density and low farming production. The rural branches of the Northern Network are identified in table 5. Notice the low frequency of trains, which gets worse in the case of the branch to Tamaya, where, in 1946, there was only one charter train on a monthly basis. The cargo was carried on mixed trains (passengers + cargo) or, eventually, on special trains.


Over the following decades, the branches were, in most of cases, abandoned or reinforced for the relatively massive transportation of minerals. By 2008, the Ferronor network included Huasco, Chañaral and Caldera rails, the latter currently without traffic.

 


 


 

 

 

 

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These two wagons were owned by F.C. of Chañarcillo and might still exist at the Universidad de Atacama, but the locomotive, of F.C. de Copiapó, there is long gone. (Photo: Ian Thomson’s collection. Unknown photographer).