Railroad Arica - La Paz

Railroad Arica - La Paz

Information about Railroad Arica - La Paz

The 1904 peace treaty between Chile and Bolivia, eliminated that country's access to the Pacific Ocean, in compensation, Chile built a railroad between Arica and La Paz, which should meet the Bolivian foreign trade traffic.

The work involved a serious technological challenge, because the track had to overcome a high slope, the largest railroad business at that time has expired. The difficulty was solved with the use of a rack system in the steepest section of the terrain and the line could be opened in 1913.

The Arica-La Paz railway was built by Chile in its 440-km extension to the Bolivian capital.

The railroad Arica- Visviri was incorporated to EFE in 1943, it administered until 1997, when it was leased to the Railway Management Company Arica-La Paz SA (AFCALP) with Bolivian capital.

It asked its bankruptcy in December 2005, ending the lease in March 2006. Since that date is not functioning, and EFE regained control of the railroad.

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