Solar Train to Connect Argentina and Cusco

Tuesday February 12, 2019
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Solar Train to Connect Argentina and Cusco

Argentina and Cusco just became a little bit closer. Starting in the northwestern part of the country, in the province of Jujuy, there will be a solar train that will run its course to Cusco, Peru. This is the first solely touristic train in Latin America and the second in the world to run on solar power.

The process of completing the railroad and its logistics is a long and complicated process. Tren de la Quebrada, as it is called, began construction in February 2019 and the first stretch will be completed by August 2019. In the early developments, the train will have a capacity of 240 passengers. Because of solar power restrictions, the train will reach speeds no more than 30 kilometers/hour (18.6 miles/hour).

There are several experts involved in this complicated process of constructing a reliable solar powered train. Those that constructed the Byron Bay train in Australia as well as locals from the solar park of Cauchari are coming together to create the best transportation possible for passengers. The experts at Cauchari are investing $9 million as well as looking into a loan of $6 million dollars to complete the second phase of construction.

The train will start in San Salvador, Jujuy, Argentina then make its way through 45 kilometers of Argentina’s various terrains until arriving in Volcan, Argentina. This portion will be over 20km (12.42 miles). Construction will continue to expand the train’s routes to the border of Colombia; this section will be approximately 300km (186.11 miles). The hope for the future of this train is it will connect with routes that pass through Lake Titicaca and Uyuni. The final destination will be Machu Picchu.

Tren de la Quebrada was inspired by the first solar powered train in Australia, The Byron Bay Train. The Byron Bay solar panels’ support the train’s energy as well provide power for 13 homes per year. Tren de la Quebrada hopes to accomplish similar goals and be a part of a movement towards cleaner energy and a healthier environment.

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