admin wrote:they are adding one in Puerto Montt. Still pretty slow for just in time type delvieries.
the rail system is a mega public mess, that needs to be put down with bot barrels. There is a mythical train, but don't try taking it unless you are in no particular hurry to get no particular place. We have train stations all over the south, that have not seen a passenger train in 10+ years. They still piss money in to the wind every year, promising train service.
Haha yes the restoration of the train line South, that was another one of Lagos projects at the turn of the millennium, pity that didn't work out to well, I can't remember the exact controversy but it was something like the carriages were the wrong size after some dodgy deal to get them, they then had to get rid of them and lost a tonne of money and never bothered getting anymore. All the stations were fixed up , the one in Puerto Montt is leased out to a motorbike shop, all the others around the region have 24 hour security guards to stop them being vandalized, supposed to anyway. They never thought to put more money into infrastructure in the line though, a bridge collapsed with a freight train going over it a few months ago (probably 6) just south of Temuco, it's still not fixed and probably won't be for a long time, there is serious money that needs to be spent on that delapidated line with bridges etc nearly 100 years old. The state rail company EFE is one of the most corrupt and or inefficient parts of the Chilean burrocracy from what I've heard, so I wouldn't hold out any hope of anything radical or just common sense, happening anytime soon with Chile's rail system. It all needs to be ripped up in the south and they should make a tourist cycle way all the way down from the central valley , at least that might bring in some money rather than it just sucking money from the state.