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Railroads of Guatemala

Carrier: Ferrovías Guatemala (FVG)
WWW: http://www.rrdc.com/op_guatemala_fvg.html (history, map, extensive photo gallery, tourist trains)
Phone: +502 2445 7200 (Spanish, English)
Profile: Professionally managed company. Intense freight traffic and occasional charter tourist trains. In operation: Guatemala City - Puerto Barrios (198 miles, 25 hours), junction - Puerto Santo Tomás (business track serviced from Puerto Barrios) and Guatemala City - container terminal (approx. 3 km of a former line to Puerto San José). About two freight trains a day in both directions. Due to a disagreement with the Government of Guatemala, all traffic will be suspended on September 30, 2007. For current information, check with FVG or RDC.
Report: Guatemala City - Zacapa on a freight train (Day 1), Quiriguá - Puerto Barrios (Day 2)
Other curiosities: Museo del Ferrocarril, 9a Avenida, 18-03, Zona 1, Guatemala City (in the former train station), tel. +502-2232-7720, e-mail: ferroguat@hotmail.com - engines, cars, track bikes, maps, tickets, uniforms.
Museo del Ferrocarril de Los Altos, 7a Calle, 12/13 Av., Quetzaltenango. History of a unique electric railroad, which used to connect Quetzaltenango a Retalhueu between 1930-1933.

Pictures of Guatemala Railroads

Ruins of a train station in Puerto San José Pier on a beach in Puerto San José Guatemalan steam engines Guatemalan diesel engines Departure from Guatemala City Railroad line out of Guatemala Gate of Guatemala train station Poor neighbourhood in Guatemala Train passes through a market place in La Ermitia Bridge spans a valley on NE suburb of Guatemala City
Road bridge in a NE suburb of Guatemala City Line Guatemala - El Chato Line by El Chato Houses in El Chato Approaching Agua Caliente from Guatemala Bridge before Agua Caliente Tunnel before Agua Caliente Bridge in a curve - Agua Caliente Train in Sanarate Permission to use track (Track Warrant)
Train from El Rancho to Guatemala arrived in Sanarate Bridges on the Sanarate - Jalapa line Palm tree in Jalapa, El Progreso region Railroad bridge overlooking El Rancho Water tower in El Rancho Station building in Rancho Old signal in El Rancho Train station Quiriguá Check of track around Cristina Rural house
Palm trees Push car Market in Bananera Train stopped in Morales Banana plantation

External Links

Steam in Guatemala Rob Dickinson's report from a special steam train across Guatemala in 2004
On a freight train across Guatemala Another report by Rob Dickinson, this time from a "slow" freight train
Railroad Development Corp. RDC - Parent of Ferrovías Guatemala. Restores and operates railroads in eight developing countries.

Other railroads of Central America

Belize * Costa Rica * Honduras * Nicaragua * Panamá * El Salvador

Update: 2007.08.18

© Jan Pešula, 2005-7