The Transandine Railway

The Transandine Railway connected Argentina and Chile over the Andes Mountains, running between Mendoza, Argentina and Santa Rosa de los Andes in Chile, along a 154 mile route. (Right of way)

Image: Umatilla Station, Public Domain

It opened in 1910, and in doing so, cut travel time from Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina from 11 days to just 36 hours.

Map of the line.

Despite the engineering marvel, the railway was never a commercial success, and as such, east of Rio Blanco, Chile, the line has been closed and dismantled since 1984, although proposals still remain to reopen the line.

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