Tren del Ecuador

Historical Timeline


Ecuadorian Railways Historical Timeline
Historia del Tren 1800

Historical Timeline 1873

Railroad construction began during the government of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, who in 1873, put into service 41 kilometers of track from Yaguachi to Milagro on the coast.

Historical Timeline 1895

In 1895, with the triumph of the Liberal Revolution, the railroad work was taken over by General Eloy Alfaro Delgado.

Historical Timeline 1897

In 1897, the company “Guayaquil and Quito Railway” was established and began the construction of the Southern Railroad.

Historical Timeline 1902

In 1902, the hill known as "Condor Pununo or Condor’s nest" was built alongside 'The Devil's Nose', a very challenging work of engineering, which led to it's designation as "The most difficult Railway in the World".

Historical Timeline 1905

In 1905 the stretch Duran-Riobamba was inaugurated.

Historical Timeline 1906

In 1906, the train arrives at the city of Ambato.

Historical Timeline 1908

On 25 June, the train arrives for the first time at the train station of Chimbacalle, while the stretch Quito-Guayaquil is completed by President Eloy Alfaro and the Harman Brothers.

Historical Timeline 1912

In 1912 the stretch Bahía-Chone was inaugurated.

Historical Timeline 1928

In 1928 the stretch Santa Rosa-El Oro was inaugurated.

Historical Timeline 1929

In 1929 the stretch Quito-Ibarra was inaugurated, with the presence of President Isidro Ayora.

Historical Timeline 1936

In 1936 the stretch Guayaquil-Salinas was inaugurated.

Historical Timeline 1957

On August 26, 1957, during the Government of Camilo Ponce Enriquez, the stretch Ibarra-San Lorenzo is inaugurated. Thus the provinces of the Highlands are given access to the Pacific Ocean and the country is drawn closer to the biggest commercial center of the world: the Panama Canal.

Historical Timeline 1965

In 1965 the stretch Sibambe-Cuenca was inaugurated.

Historical Timeline 1975

1975 marks the beginning of the decadence of the Railways caused by competition with road transport and lack of government interest.

Historical Timeline 1992

1992 In an attempt to recover the Railroads, the government of Rodrgio Borja acquires electrodiesel locomotives, however without any success.

Historical Timeline 1993

During 1993 the stretch of the Chanchán river is destroyed by the climatic phenomenon 'El Niño'.

Historical Timeline 2008

On April 1, 2008, the National Institute of Cultural Heritage (INPC) officially declares the Railway Network in Ecuador as property belonging to the Cultural Heritage of the State: "A Civil and Historical Monument of Testimonial and Symbolic Heritage ." On this year the reconstruction process of the Ecuadorian Railroads takes priority as a flagship project under the government of Rafael Correa Delgado.

Historical Timeline 2008

On December 30, 2008 is officially reopened the stretch Quito-Latacunga.

Historical Timeline 2009

On April 15, 2009 the stretch Coyoctor -El Tambo is officially reopened.

Historical Timeline 2010

On June 29, 2010 the stretch Duran-Yaguachi is officially reopened.

Historical Timeline 2011

On On February 16, 2011 the stretch of the “Devil's Nose”, Alausí-Sibambe is officially reopened.

Historical Timeline (2)

During 2011 the train station Eloy Alfaro at Chimbacalle is awarded the first prize of the 7 wonders of Quito.

Historical Timeline 2012

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