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near Viedma, Río Negro (Argentina)
▓▓▓▓▓ WELCOME TO A JOURNEY OF LEGEND!▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓
THE PATAGONIAN ROUTE
R-95 is the only Patagonian "Transcontinental" railway line crossing Patagonia from E to W, connecting City of Viedma at the Atlantic Ocean, with City of San Carlos de Bariloche located at the Andes Mountains foothills.
It is one of the most legendary patagonian routes, and probably one of the more beatifuls here.
Due to the length of this route we have divided it into 3 parts as follows:
♦ Part I → THE COAST
♦ Part II → THE STEPPE
♦ Part III → THE MOUNTAIN
This particulat guide is only for Part I.
At the bottom we added an hiperlynk to the Part II
Part I runs 125 miles from city of Viedma to city of San Antonio Oeste, and we call it « THE GHOST TOWNS ROUTE » because here, in middle of nothing, still exists a pair of true ghost towns from beggining of XXth Century, and 3 Ghost places from the same time.
O' Connor is the most important of both ghost towns.
Here it is possible to see the old railroaders wooden houses, made with sleepers, the old iron sheet passenger station, and the Thomas Piggott watertank for steam locos.
Curiously a track MOW crew is based here.
Of course, scenery here is pure Patagonian desert, with... no population.
If you are alert, probably you would see here guanacos and choiques at the side of our tracks. Note that this are protected animals here.
Only one train is covering this route by the moment, and this is the legendary PATAGÓNICO, a vintage InterCity train with rolling stock from the '50's, the '60's and the '70's, preserved in original conditions to give you that exotic experience of crossing the Wild West Patagonia aboard a historical train.
Came with us to ride one of the most fantastic Patagonian experiences..
Follows on part 2
This is a grup of local farms
Somethimes open to tourist
A nice place for birdwatchers.
One of the most important parrots colony you can see.
This is the most important sea wolfs reservoirs in all America
A impressive scenic road running paralel to a cliff.
Official llighthouse of this place.
A nice beach with a big tidal wave, located at the Río Negro estuary side.
This is Viedma main square.
The Governor house itself.
This is the Municipalty historical building
This is a historical city block containing some historical buildings.
This is the downtown square.
This pier acts as a little port for shuttle ships connecting Viedma with Carmen de Patagones.
They operate in a regular service.
Open Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 8pm.
Saturdays, Sundays and non labourable days from 12am to 6pm.
This is the municipalty culture building.
Located at Gallardo St. Nº 550.
The new road brigde connecting city of Viedma with Carmen de Patagones.
This is the historical steel lifting brigde connecting city of Viedma with Carmen de Patagones.
It is dual mode, so can operate road and railroad traffic.
It is the only railroad lifting brigde in all Patagonia, but it is important to mention lifting system is not longer operative, because it is not neccesary on modern times..
The brigde was built in 1937, and the lifting system... is not conventional
This is the city buses terminal.
It is an old plate railway brigde located over Provincial Route Nº 1
During steam times this pier was used by ships to transfer coal to railway wagons to be later used by locomotives.
It is not longer operative
In the past on this place were located the mainteinance sheed of a special fleet of fast DMU's
Some historical rolling stock can be seen here somethimes
Just the historic turntable itself
Here is the ramp to load automobiles on board the train
This is the local airport, located only 2km from the railway station
A lonely steel brigde located in middle of nowhere in the desert.
The fisrt ghost station is this.
The second ghost station you will pass.
A true ghost town.
Somethimes train stops here.
This is in fact a railway base, preserved as beginnings of XXth Century
Inversion triangle in middle of nothing
Vintter is not a cnventional ghost station, becsause from hjere you have a strange and nice view to the ocean, located 30km away.
Looking South it is possible to see the deep blue ocean making a atrong contrast with the yellow desert, giving this a unique visual composition
Here you have a very unusual scenery for a railway.
With high tide you will see sea water very near the tracks.
But on low tide all the bay turns dry, and if you pay attention you will see crabs holes between the brushes.
Here starts the Alpat industrial branch
Here we repair our locomotives, and here we assembled our firts locos in 1908
This is San Antonio Oeste passenger station
Here is were the Patagonian railway started in 1908
This was our beggining in 1908
This is the old San Antonio beach, located at the inner part of the bay
This is the name given to the big beaches located at the open sea.
This beachs are very big, and a very nice place to walk
SAO still has some classic houses and buildings from beginning of the XXth Century.