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THE INDARE STEAM RAILWAY

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THE INDARE STEAM RAILWAY

This is without doubt one of the great museums of the world and almost unheard of. Just look at the photographs following. Is there any philantrophist out there who would fund putting it together as a massive exhibit?

The Indare Steam railway is a railway novelty on the Uruguayan side of River Plate coast and was opened on January 2, 1999. It runs along a field into Indare Sand Quarries Co., covering a quarter of a mile. The gauge is 600 mm. The line begins at the locomotive shed and concludes at the head of an old steam-operated bridge, now abandoned. In a future project, the railway would cross this bridge to extend the line more than 1 miles.

There is one locomotive in working order on the Indare Railway, which was built by Orenstein & Koppel in1912. This 0-4-0WT wood-fired engine carries her correct maker's plates 5835, and is numbered 15. She has 6in. x 12in. cylinders, 1ft. 8in. wheels, a working pressure of 150 lb. per sq. in. with 2,600 lb. of tractive effort and 20 HP. The passenger stock consists of 10 open cars, each with a seating capacity for 4, and an additional for 6.

From 1928 onwards, the quarries were exploited at Boca del Rosario, which is a seaside resort on the River Plate estuary opposite Buenos Aires. The quarry company itself owns twenty-seven locomotives, one of which was built by Papin, and the others twenty-six of German design. All maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock was carried out by the company itself, which had extensive workshops at the quarry, with all necessary machinery and a foundry where all rail crossing, axle boxes and other parts were made. Over 30 miles of 600-mm track was laid throughout the quarry, with a main line of about 10 miles in length. In August 1982, modern trucks replaced the railway, but the locomotives were all kept under cover with the purpose of preserve them. Like as exception, the last train ran for British enthusiasts, on October 23, 1985. 0-4-0 well-tank locomotive No. 25, built by Henschel as 28518/1950 headed it. Two years later, the track began to be removed, selling it to scrap merchants.

Recently the district has taken a public interest, and the proprietors of the quarries decided to reopen the railway. The trip is supplemented with a visit to the naval and railway shops where extensive renewals and repairs have been carried out on old machinery. Dating from 1928, an impressive generating plant of electric power also remains, in which several boilers, turbines, alternators, dynamos and control panels are maintained in good condition. In the museum at the quarry, about fifteen interesting examples of early stock are preserved on rails.

Mr. Hector Garcia, a well-known railway historian, has provided the more complete locomotive list until now done. (I have seen references to 1a referred to as a Decauville... RD)

INDARE - Locomotive list

Except N 17, all locomotives 0-4-0WT wheel arrangement.
N Year Builder Remarks
1 1906 Papin / 1785 Except N 17,
1 ? Orenstein & Koppel / ? 20 HP
2 ? Orenstein & Koppel / ? 20 HP
3 1912 Orenstein & Koppel / 4902 20 HP
4 1906 Orenstein & Koppel / 1923 20 HP - Boiler disassembled
5 1906 Orenstein & Koppel / 2030 20 HP
6 1906 Orenstein & Koppel / ? 20 HP
7 ? Orenstein & Koppel / ? 20 HP - Reported as sold
8 1923 Fritz Neumeyer / 5434
9 1927 Arnold Jung / 3979
10 1927 Arnold Jung / 3980
11 1927 Arnold Jung / 3850
12 1928 Arnold Jung / 4249 Boiler disassembled
13 1928 Henschel & Sohn / 21144 Adapted to burn fuel oil
14 1900 Arnold Jung / 449 The oldest of stock
15 1912 Orenstein & Koppel / 5835 20 HP - In working order
16 ? Kraus / 5440
17 ? Orenstein & Koppel / ? The only 0-6-0WT of stock
18 1907 Kraus / 5718
19 1929 Arnold Jung / 4252
20 1928 Arnold Jung / 4248
21 1927 Arnold Jung / 3849
22 1910 Orenstein & Koppel / 4124 20 HP
23 1922 Henschel & Sohn / 19254
24 1910 Orenstein & Koppel / 4153 20 HP
25 1950 Henschel & Sohn / 28518 40 HP
26 1950 Henschel & Sohn / 28519 40 HP - Adapted to burn fuel oil

Thanks to Caroline Ferres of Montevideo for the above history.

The first thing you meet at the gate are two old wagons.

A narrow lane leads in.

The first sight is a gem, like a ghost from the past.

On the other side is something in steam....

And suddenly this ghost bursts into steam. It is No.15, a 20 HP Orenstein and Koppel made in 1912 and serial 5835.

Next it hitches up to its passenger coaches.

Other ghosts lurk on every side.

The train is unusual to put it mildly.

It is wood burning.

All aboard.


A very proud driver, and rightly so.

Another view.

Ivanna (left) and Caroline (right), the two translators and guides.

Webmaster and assistant on the manual engine.

Old implements abound midst the flowers.


A ship that carried the sand lies wrecked.

A barge is merely a ghost.





A stationery boiler lies abandoned.

The powerhouse is just as it stopped years ago..























The sheds look ghostly also but contain many treasures.

THE WORKSHOPS ARE JUST AS IF ALL THE STAFF WENT HOME AT 5 PM ONE FRIDAY EVENING YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS AGO AND JUST LEFT EVERYTHING. I DON'T THINK ANY CAPTIONS CAN DO THE PHOTOGRAPHS JUSTICE AND I CERTAINLY HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE. IT IS A PRICELESS MUSEUM. JUDGE FOR YOURSELF FROM THE PHOTOS. WE WISH THE OWNER EVERY SUCCESS IN PRESERVING HIS TREASURES AND HOPE THAT URUGUAY REALISES IT IS ONE OF THE FINEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE WORLD.

























Just look at this gem. 1888!


This man deserved the credit for keeping the entire operation running and in the shape it is in. He is nothing short of fantasic and is backed by an owner who understands what is there and gives every backing to make it a superb museum.


Outside a veritable treasure of spare parts.






THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS WERE TAKEN DURING A NEW VISIT IN JUNE 2008.





































































































































































































































































































Updated : 24th. October 2008