New service could link Buenos Aires and Montevideo by train
Saturday 03 September 2011
Leaders in Argentina and Uruguay took the first steps to inaugurating a new rail link between their two countries this week, in a move that could make travel around South America far easier.
On August 29 Argentina's President Cristina Fernández met Uruguayan counterpart José Mujica to launch a new project to launch regular passenger services between their respective countries, beginning with a new route set to start next week.
The meeting took place at Salto, the site of a historic link between the two countries which the presidents reinaugurated.
Railway Gazette reports that the new route will cover some 810 kilometers between Pilar in Buenos Aires and Paso de los Toros in Uruguay, beginning with weekly services which will switch to daily in December.
It is hoped that eventually, the service will be extended into a full route between Argentina's capital Buenos Aires and Uruguayan capital Montevideo, providing another method of transport for the region, popular with backpackers.
Currently, those wanting to make the hop between Buenos Aires and Montevideo have the choice of a flight or a three-hour ferry journey.
Although trains in Argentina are developing rapidly, with several new InterCity services popping up in recent years, traveling internationally around South America by train is virtually impossible, in contrast to the well-developed networks of North America and Europe.
For a full guide to travelling South America by train, see the Seat 61 website: http://www.seat61.com/SouthAmerica.htm
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