However, a later Spanish language reports stated that the dispute had been settled and the railway would resume operation on 2nd February 2013 ( (1st February 2013).
James Waite was here in October 2014 and apart from some stunning pictures he has written about the history of the line and its steam locomotives (13th December 2014).
Reports have appeared locally that steam may be introduced as part of a plan to develop the area for tourism.
Click here for one such (Spanish language) report (3rd June 2000).
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.
As a development of the news about the Rio Turbio system in the two paragraphs that follow (7th September 2004), Locomotives International 71 carried a report - since confirmed by other correspondents - that the railway is considering reintroducing steam power owing to the soaring cost of diesel and the poor condition of their locomotives.