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Congratulations to Gabriel Asenjo of G&G and Shaun Mc Mahon as part of INTI for all the hard work they have put in to get this project so far in a relatively short time. Local magazine Tren Rodante ( - link found broken on 27th October 2017) 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)..
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. 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).
I have now added two press releases and more pictures on progress from June and August 2015 (updated 14th September 2015).
Their website contains summary information on the status of railways in the region. The paragraph below originated some 10 or more years ago and for a long time, things went very quiet.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 Mc Mahon (28th August 2015).Check out the English language version of their website, some basic information is also available on this site. 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 railway is under threat again as the provincial government announced a 'temporary closure' following a strike by railway workers (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.
Click here for more information (link added 2nd October 2000).