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Shaun Mc Mahon is reported to be working on the project which will see 116 (actually 107) and then 119 returned to service.Shaun has now sent me a news release detailed ambitious development plans for the Rio Turbio system (2nd November 2004), including a possible international link to Chile.Martyn Bane has visited the Rio Turbio system and an extensive report (1st February 2004) of his visit covering the remaining steam locomotives was posted on his own site (some of which now appears on similarly a visit to the FCAF, dead by April 2015, 2nd February 2004).It seems that tourist steam may start to operate at Rio Turbio (11th March 2004).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)..Reports have appeared locally that steam may be introduced as part of a plan to develop the area for tourism.

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.

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).

Hugh Odom's site has additional news on developments (5th June 2005).

Martyn Bane's site also contains an August 2006 press release dead by April 2015) which confirms that big things are afoot in the south of the country (added 25th August 2006).

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