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TST 20

Elena Salerno
Los Ferrocarriles del Estado y los puertos en la primera mitad del siglo XX en Argentina: las limitaciones de la intermodalidad

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Key Words: Harbours, Freight transport, Intermodality, Railways, Documentary sources.

[ Abstract ]

This paper is a preview of an ongoing research. In this research we study the main characteristics of intermodal connections railways-ports of the State Railway network. During three decades, since 1908 until 1938, the port of Santa Fe was the head of the Central Norte Argentino Railway onto where came out a large network that travelled through the middle and the west of the country. In the meantime another State lines connected the ports of Formosa and Barranqueras with the inland of the Chaco. The lines with head in San Antonio Oeste, Madryn, Comodoro Rivadavia and Deseado connected with the Patagonian plateau and the Patagonian ridge valleys. Since 1938 the State railways arrived the ports of Buenos Aires and Rosario.
The coasting trade prevailed in the intermodal connections, with the exception of some Patagonian ports and the ports of Rosario and Buenos Aires. In this paper we will analyze the railway freight flows of the State Railway network through the relevant ports: freight flows from the ports to supply towns adjacent to the railway, and freight flows to the ports mainly directed to the inner market.
For this research we have used the Estadísticas de los Ferrocarriles en Explotación (Statistics of the Railways in Operation), the statistics of the ports and statistical yearbooks of the Republic of Argentina.