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Message from the Editor
By Lyndsey Turner

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After the 3rd Annual Conference & Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil I travelled to Chile for some r&r. I decided I would take the 6 hour bus threw the Andes mountain range to Argentina. Whilst viewing the majestic mountain range I noticed railroad tracks. I could of kicked my self for taking the bus rather than the train but then I quickly noticed that the track were not in service since the track was visibly in tatters. I asked a few locals about it and here is what I learned.

With 1408 km of rail that lay dormant for some 30 years finally the Argentine and Chilean governments agreed to refurbish the railway and make it functional by the year 2012, at an estimated total cost of US$460 million. However, progress has been slow so a group of international companies has been formed to carry out the project and both governments have agreed to support it.

“Compared to trucking, rail transit does sport higher efficiency numbers - today’s average train has an efficiency of 400 ton-miles per gallon whereas trucks currently hover around 130 ton-miles per gallon.”, says Rocky Mountain Institute, Maria Stamas. Railways have also been credited to gaining social vibrancy and economic competitiveness in its ability to move large amounts of people and cargo. Thus helping the economy and environment flourish.

If it ever reopens, this line could easily be listed as one of the most spectacular railway journeys on earth as well as carry some 80% of the freight between Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

Happy Travels!
Lyndsey Turner, Editor • Editor@RLA.org

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