1991-09-01

A Proposal for a Large Railroad Intended to Serve as a Backbone for the Development of the Argentine Republic 911743

Transportation in the second half of this century tends towards employing large vehicles that offer cheap freights. Tied up to their century-old gauges, the railroads are the only exception. In Argentina, highway and railroad infrastructures mainly converge to fluvial ports which, owing to their lack of depth, cannot take in present-day vessels.This paper describes a fast wide-gauge train, which cannot be derailed or overturned; it shall enjoy a cheap t/km freight, cheaper than that of current trucks and trains, and even of river and ocean-going ships. It shall unite the North and South regions of Argentina as one backbone, and shall behave like a vast river or inland channel, linking it up with the Patagonian deep-sea ports, integrating and developing the country, which will cause its products to be competitive all over the world.

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