Estrada de Ferro Araraquara
This railroad, which building was initiated in the 1900's, serves the
nortwestern region of the São Paulo state. Its original goal was to link
Araraquara to Cuiabá, the capital of the Mato Grosso state. However, only in
the fifties this railroad reached the Paraná river, at
Rubinéia/Porto Presidente Vargas, still in the São Paulo-Mato Grosso states
boundary. This huge river was a too big obstacle to be surpassed at that
time, specially because railroads were not to so healthy as before.
My father worked in this railroad at that time...
In the late fifties, with the adoption of wide gauge, this São Paulo state
owned railroad and the Companhia Paulista increased
traffic cooperation, as they connect in Araraquara. In 1967,
some years after the take over of the Companhia Paulista by the São Paulo
state, this company take the responsability for the E.F. Araraquara
administration. In 1971, both were absorbed by FEPASA
and now, after the privatisation of this company in 1998, they belong to the
After several decades of projects and promises, finally in 1998 a new
railroad resumed the mission to link Cuiabá to the Brazilian railroad
network: the FerroNorte.
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Scenes from the past...
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Last Update: 07 April 2004
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